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Transport

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

Airwave Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what organisations for which his Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets.

[Official Report, 17 November 2008, Vol. 483, c. 27W.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Jim Fitzpatrick:

An error has been identified in a written answer given to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on 17 November 2008. The answer given was as follows: (234694)

The Department for Transport itself uses Airwave handsets. The following of the Department's executive agencies and sponsored non-departmental bodies are also users of Airwave handsets:

Highways Agency

Marine and Coastguard Agency

British Transport Police.

The following two executive agencies have been made ‘approved sharers’ of Airwave by Ofcom, the radio spectrum regulator, but do not currently use Airwave handsets:

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

The correct answer should have been:

The Department for Transport itself uses Airwave handsets. The following of the Department's executive agencies and sponsored non-departmental bodies are also users of Airwave handsets:

Highways Agency

British Transport Police.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency uses a fixed set.

The following two executive agencies have been made ‘approved sharers’ of Airwave by Ofcom, the radio spectrum regulator, but do not currently use Airwave handsets:

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.