HL Deb 21 October 2002 vol 639 cc81-2WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the decision was taken to place closed circuit television cameras at the East Belfast interface at Short Strand; why they are not in place; and when they will be. [HL5848]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

On 13 September 2002 my honourable friend the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office announced in a press release that CCTV cameras were to be installed in East Belfast interface areas.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland, in conjunction with relevant agencies, is taking forward the installation work. It is intended that the system will provide for one pole with two cameras at the Cluan Place/Clandeboye Drive interface, with another pole and a single camera at the Cluan Place/Clandeboye Gardens interface. In addition, a single camera is to be situated at Bridge End and a similar unit for the central traffic island at the junction of Albertbridge Road/Woodstock Link.

In addition to the requirement to manufacture component parts for the cameras, PSNI has identified the need for a new and dedicated monitoring suite for the system. While it is not possible to give an exact date when the system will become operational, I can say that work on this very important project is progressing apace.

Lord Kilclooney

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proposals there are to erect closed circuit television cameras at Cluan Place in East Belfast; and what is the timescale for this work. [HL5854]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave to the noble Lord, Lord Laird, today. [HL5848]