Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum by the Home Office (RTS 44A)

  During Bob Ainsworth's appearance before the DTLR Select committee on Wednesday 27 February, he was asked to provide further information on four issues. I am writing to you in response to those requests.

  Attached are details of expenditure on publicity campaigns from the Home Office budget during the last 12 months (Annex A) and a copy of the executive summary report on the speed camera netting off pilot produced by DTLR in August 2001 (Annex B). I also attach a note on the complaint by Nottingham City Council that they wanted to use digital speed cameras, which enabled information to be processed in police stations, but that this had been refused by the Home Office. (Annex C)

  Mr Ainsworth was also asked what saving there would be in police call-outs if the Government reached its target of 40 per cent reduction by 2010 in the number of people seriously injured and killed on Britain's roads. It is difficult to provide you with any exact figure. The latest information on the value of road accident prevention is given in Highways Economics Note 1, published by DTLR in October 2001. This estimates that the total value to the police of preventing all road traffic accidents in 2000 would have been approximately £30 million.

  I hope this information is helpful.

12 March 2002

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