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Police: Airports

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 March 2008, Official Report, columns 11-12WS, on policing (UK borders), how much each airport operator has reimbursed police authorities for the costs of uniformed police officers at airports designated under section 25 of the Aviation Security Act 1982 in the latest period for which figures are available. (194698)

[holding answer 17 March 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to my previous answer on this matter of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 612W.

This information is not held centrally. There is no requirement for the police or airport operator to provide Government with the details of the agreed policing provision or the related costs. The number and cost of uniformed police officers at designated airports is for negotiation at local level by the airport operator and police.

However, the Government are also considering how to implement the conclusions of the independent report into airport policing, with the aim of clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the police, airport operators and other agencies to deliver a high level of security at UK airports and we will set out proposals on this later in the year.