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Airports: Police

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcome was of the review of those airports which are not designated for police purposes; and if she will list those airports where the police presence continues to be funded by the local police authority. (155805)

The Independent Review of Airport Policing report was submitted to the Department for Transport and Home Office in July 2006. In his written statement of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 56WS, the Secretary of State welcomed the broad thrust of the review and outlined its key recommendations. His written statement of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 63WS, provided an update on the subsequent work.

The funding arrangements for airports are dependent on whether an airport is designated under section 25 of the Aviation Security Act 1982. There are nine designated airports which are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Stansted, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick, Birmingham and Manchester. All remaining airports are funded wholly or partly by the local police authority, or by other means, for example voluntary contributions by the airport operator.