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Airports: Police

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the policing costs for (a) East Midlands airport, (b) Humberside airport and (c) Bournemouth airport was met by the airport owners in each year since 1997. (250110)

Under section 25 of the Aviation Security Act 1982, there are only nine airports where the owners are required to pay for dedicated policing costs: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Stansted, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick, Birmingham and Manchester. The extent to which airport operators at non-designated airports contribute towards policing costs is a private commercial matter for the parties involved.

Part 6 of the Policing and Crime Bill proposes that all airport operators should be required to meet the costs of any dedicated policing where they have agreed these with the Chief Officer of Police and police authority for the area.