HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c324W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on street warden funding in Coventry m 2004–05; [155747]

2.what evaluation has taken place of the successes of street warden schemes in tackling anti-social behaviour in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry; [155660]

3.what assessment he has made of the impact of the withdrawal of funding for the Street Warden schemes on (a) the levels of anti-social behaviour in Coventry and (b) the perceptions of safety among people in Coventry. [155661]

Yvette Cooper

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister funds three warden schemes in Coventry. One scheme has managed to sustain itself without further funding from the department. Funding for another scheme has been offered for 2004–05 providing that the scheme continues to find match funding. The third scheme is funded from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister until March 2006.

Evaluations of the first and second round of warden schemes, including their effect on anti-social behaviour and perceptions of safety are currently being undertaken. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects to publish the first report later this year.