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Anti-Terrorism Publicity

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls have been received by the Metropolitan police anti-terrorism hotline; and how many people are employed in the running of the Metropolitan police anti-terrorism hotline. [109513]

2,597 calls were received on the hotline between 17 March and 14 April 2003. The line is staffed 24hrs a day 7 days a week and has sufficient staff to deal with the volume of calls. All calls received are answered. For operational reasons, the Metropolitan police do not disclose staffing levels in its anti-terrorist branch or how they are deployed.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by the Metropolitan police on (a) the Life Savers anti-terrorism advertising campaign and (b) the anti-terrorism hotline. [109514]

£410,000 in total was spent on the design, printing and advertising costs for the Life Savers anti-terrorism advertising campaign. Costs for the Anti-terrorism hotline are dependent on the volume of calls received and are covered by existing budgets.