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Railways: Crimes of Violence

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of guidelines and regulations for the protection of rail staff from assault; and if he will make a statement. (270453)

Any form of physical assault is a serious criminal offence. The British Transport police therefore treat assaults on rail staff as a priority and successive governments have ensured that the penalties available to the courts are severe.

In addition, individual train operators have policies of their own both for preventing assaults on their staff and for dealing with the consequences in cases where assaults take place nevertheless.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances of (a) abuse of and (b) assault on rail staff have been recorded in each year since 2000. (270454)

This information is not held by the Department for Transport, but by the British Transport police who can be contacted at: British Transport police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN, e-mail: