§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what systems he has in place to ensure that policies being developed by his Department are subject to a crime impact(a) assessment and (b) audit and are not likely to lead to enhanced criminal opportunities. 
§ Mr. Prescott
[holding answer 24 February 1999]: Government Departments work closely on policy development and in those areas where my Department is involved it supports fully the Home Office's aim to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Our research programme monitors and evaluates the effects of new policy and other initiatives.