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Security: Litter Bins

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she has issued on the security implications of the provision of litter bins at (a) railway stations and (b) other public places. (198473)

As part of their work, the Government's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the police National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) provide advice on appropriate protective security measures for crowded places. This includes advice on minimising the risk from devices placed in litter bins. CPNI's website:

provides advice on a range of basic good security measures, which includes giving consideration to the location, cleaning regime and removal of bins, as well as the use of clear plastic bags.

Further advice is available on the NaCTSO website:

CPNI, in conjunction with the Home Office Scientific and Development Branch (HOSDB), has also developed a standard against which the explosion resistance of litter and recycling bins can be tested by manufacturers.

The railway industry is subject to requirements and guidance on the provision of litter bins at railway stations regulated by the Department for Transport. Bins installed are subject to specific security control measures, including their design, location and security management. The Department for Transport has also provided guidance to local authorities on how they can help with railway security when installing street furniture, such as litter bins, in the immediate vicinity of stations.