asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 October (Official Report, col. 1212), when they handed responsibilities for national security on the airside of airports to the airport authorities and airport retail outlets. [HL119]
The Department for Transport sets aviation security measures. Airports, airlines and others are responsible for implementing the statutory security requirements and through its inspectors the department ensures compliance. Retail outlets at airports are not regulated by the department.