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Airports: Security

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for the security regime operating for passengers in UK airports; what standardisation exists throughout the EU to ensure that equal security provisions are imposed on all European travellers; and if he will make a statement. (138208)

The Secretary of State, through the Transport Security and Contingencies Directorate (TRANSEC) of my Department, sets the security requirements and standards to be applied at UK airports. The airports themselves—and other directed parties such as airlines—are responsible for implementing the measures. The Department monitors compliance with security requirements and takes enforcement action where necessary.

Regulation EC/2320/2002 sets a common baseline for security standards at all European Union airports. Member states may however impose more stringent measures within their own territory where they judge this to be appropriate.