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Police Funding: Airports

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward legislation to reform the allocation of funding for policing at airports. (199729)

The Home Office and Department for Transport are jointly taking forward work to strengthen airport security planning at airports and establish a transparent funding process for policing costs. This work builds on the recommendations of the Independent Review of Airport Policing carried out by Stephen Boys Smith.

We understand the importance of these measures and are actively seeking to place them on a legislative footing at the earliest opportunity to introduce a more robust system that ensures that individual airports look at all the threats and risks, that appropriate mitigation is in place and that the airport operator meets the costs of any agreed uniformed police presence.