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Transport Police

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the role of the (a) Mersey Tunnels Police Force and (b) British Transport Police in the context of a major emergency. [109210]

The Mersey Tunnels Police Force's jurisdiction is the Mersey Tunnels, the approaches and any marshalling area. A written accord exists between the Tunnels Police and Merseyside Police of close co-operation in the event of a major emergency where the tunnels are involved.The British Transport Police (BTP) play a full part in the British police service within their railways jurisdiction, including the response to any national emergencies. The response to any major incident on the railways would be a matter for a joint response involving the BTP and the local police force.