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Ammunition

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2007, Official Report, column 1555W, on ammunition (1) what security arrangement are in place for consignments which are held or stored on the contractor’s property for periods that do not exceed 48 hours; (111436)

(2) what steps he plans to take in response to the recent break-in at Didcot Parkway Station.

The range of security measures used to protect MOD munitions while temporarily held on the contractor’s property is the same for all periods of time. These measures include notification to the British Transport Police and regular checks of the train by the contractor’s personnel.

The MOD and its rail freight contractor English, Welsh and Scottish (EWS) Railway Limited have launched an urgent joint review into security arrangements at all rail yards and sidings used to hold MOD trains following the incident on 12 January 2007.