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Cyclamen Technology

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Cyclamen technology in container ports will not be subject to 24 hour operation; and if he will make a statement. (92163)

Once roll-out is complete Programme Cyclamen will provide a 24-hour screening capability at all UK container ports through a combination of fixed and mobile radiation detection systems. Deployment is intelligence-led and risk-based. For security reasons, the operation of this capability is not suitable for general disclosure.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the extent of the use of Cyclamen technology in UK sea ports. (92164)

I have been asked to reply.

Programme Cyclamen screens incoming sea traffic through a combination of fixed and mobile radiation detection systems. Fixed detection equipment is in operation at a number of sea ports and rollout across the UK will continue during 2006-07. For national security reasons, the operation of this capability, which is intelligence-led and risk-based, is not suitable for general disclosure.