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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The Government strongly recommend that all closed circuit television (CCTV) systems adopt locally developed codes of practice tailored to meet the needs of the particular system. Most public CCTV systems have done so. All schemes receiving government funding for CCTV are required to put in place such codes as a condition of grant. The Home Office guidance booklet "CCTV--Looking Out for You" contains advice on how to adopt a code of practice and the issues it should cover.
Baroness Blatch: Foreign Ministers of the European Union agreed, at a meeting on 20 November, that the existing restrictions on the issue of visas to members of the Nigerian military should be extended to Nigerian civilian Ministers. Immigration officers have been informed of this decision and given details of the members of the Provisional Ruling Council and Federal Executive Council of Nigeria.
Baroness Blatch: My right honourable Friend announced a new closed circuit television (CCTV) challenge competition on 22 November. Fifteen million pounds has been made available in the financial year 1996-97 to fund CCTV schemes in England and Wales. Partnerships are invited to bid for a share of this money. A copy of the bidding guidance, which gives information on how to make a bid and details of the criteria by which the bids will be assessed, has been placed in the library. Copies have also been sent to chief constables, local authorities, police authorities and others who have expressed an interest. The closing date for bids is 29 March 1996.
Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend announced the details of the new Crime Prevention Agency on 22 November. The agency will subsume the National Board for Crime Prevention, the Home Office Crime Prevention Unit, and the Home Office Crime Prevention Centre.
|Jack Acton||Director, Home Office Crime Prevention Centre|
|Peter Batchelor||Chairman, Vehicle Crime Prevention Group; formerly Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Vauxhall Motors|
|Ken Pease||Professor of Criminology, University of Huddersfield|
|David Quarmby||Chairman, Retail Action Group for Crime Prevention; Joint Managing Director, J Sainsbury plc|
|Nick Ross||Broadcaster and Journalist|
|John Stevens||Chief Constable, Northumbria Police; Chairman, ACPO Crime Prevention Sub-Committee; Councillor and Chairman, Surrey Police Authority|
|Nigel Whiskin||Chief Executive, Crime Concern|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): The Preliminary Information Memorandum was published on 30 November 1995, and a copy was placed in the Library of the House.
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