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Airports: Security

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many security staff have been employed checking departing passengers at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted in each of the last 12 months; and how many departing passengers have been checked during that period. (156323)

The UK National Aviation Security Programme requires airports to comply with specific security measures which are subject to regular inspection by the Department for Transport to ensure that standards are adhered to. The programme does not mandate the number of security personnel required to undertake security tasks. As private businesses, decisions about staffing are rightly a matter for the airports themselves. All departing passengers and their baggage are all subject to security screening at UK airports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many items and what tonnage of material have been confiscated from departing passengers as a result of security checks at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted in each of the last 12 months. (156324)

Government do not maintain records as the management of this process and disposal of the items are a matter for airports.