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Railway Stations: Security

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Prime Minister’s Statement of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 667-86, on national security, at which railway stations she is planning to introduce baggage and passenger searches; and if she will make a statement. (165662)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the proposals in the report by Sir Alan West on security at (a) rail stations and (b) airports will be met from existing departmental budgets. (168669)

Under the long standing ‘user pays’ principle, it is the transport industry that delivers and funds security requirements. The Department for Transport has responsibility for the policy and regulation of these protective counter-terrorism security measures.

The Department for Transport supports industry in meeting these requirements through collaborative working to achieve compliance and through the funding of research and the providing of advice. The aim is to ensure our security regimes remain proportionate and effective.