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Police: Terrorism

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police authority area have been equipped with specialist training skills in order to deal with the terrorist attack under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Resilience Programme. (140552)

In excess of 8,300 police officers have been trained in specialist CBRN skills; although not all of these will be available due to staff turnover and role changes. The most recent audit carried out by the Police National CBRN Centre (mid-April 2007) recorded 7,249 fully trained, equipped and deployable CBRN police officers in the UK. The number of trained officers in each police authority is not disclosed for security reasons.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding was provided to the Police National Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Centre in each of the last two years. (140553)

The running costs for the Police National CBRN Centre (covering accommodation, salary and overhead expenses) were approximately £2.9 million in financial year 2005-06 and £3.3 million in financial year 2006-07.