HC Deb 14 June 2004 vol 422 c757W
Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what future funding he plans to provide to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association; and if he will make a statement. [178172]

Fiona Mactaggart

The National Neighbourhood Watch Association is an independent organisation funded by commercial sponsorship since its inception.

Nevertheless, in 2002–03 the Government gave a total of £350,000 to support it through financial difficulties. Following a recent audit my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary decided that no further public funding should be provided.

The Government will continue to support local Neighbourhood Watch. This support includes free publications and training materials, and staff time.