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Airwave Service: British Transport Police

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Airwave handsets issued to the British Transport Police (BTP) have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to the BTP have been disabled by the service provider through (a) loss, (b) breakage and (c) other reasons in each such year. (246185)

The information is not held in the form requested. However, the British Transport Police inform me that the force introduced Airwave progressively over a five-year period starting in late 2002. Since 2002, 34 sets have been lost and another 94 have been withdrawn from service having been damaged beyond economic repair.