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Heathrow: Centralised Searching

Volume 414: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What maximum estimate has been made of the potential saving in manpower to the British Airports Authority, and in costs to the Aviation Security Fund, of the introduction of centralised searching on Terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport; and when this will be implemented and with what actual savings in manpower and costs.

The report of the review group which examined the security arrangements at Heathrow Terminal 3 estimated that the introduction of centralised searching and associated supplementary measures would lead to a reduction in the current Terminal 3 manpower establishment of about 110, and to a reduction in Terminal 3 staff costs of about £1 million per annum. The Department of Trade has informed the British Airports Authority that it accepts the proposals for centralisation, the implementation of which is now a matter for the authority.