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Aviation: Security

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the outcomes were of discussions she has had with the aviation industry on ensuring that the UK’s aviation security regime is properly enforced without causing unnecessary inconvenience to passengers; and how her Department is implementing these outcomes; (163236)

(2) what consultations she has had with the (a) aviation and (b) security industries on the future of the one item of hand luggage rule; and if she will make a statement;

(3) what her plans are relating to the one item of hand luggage rule.

Ministers meet regularly with members of the industry, both bilaterally and through relevant committees.

The Secretary of State discussed cabin baggage restrictions with senior aviation industry representatives at the Aviation Security Summit and also with individual airline and airport operators.

My right hon. Friend’s written statement of 14 November explained that airports may permit passengers to carry more than one item of hand luggage from 7 January 2008, provided they have been able to show that they have in place the screening capacity needed to handle the additional bags without any adverse impact on the standard of security achieved. It will be for each airport to bring its plans to the Department for approval, as and when it is ready to do so.