§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of funding was granted to the Peterlee sub-division for crime prevention and neighbourhood watch schemes in the years 1985 to 1991.
§ Mr. John Patten
None. It would not be possible to provide central funds for every local crime prevention initiative. Between 1986 and 1988 a civilian neighbourhood watch assistant in the sub-division was appointed under the community programme. Since January 1991 there has been a similar placement under the employment training programme. I understand from Durham constabulary that local funding of a permanent neighbourhood watch assistant in the area is under consideration.