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Airports: Security

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in (a) the past year, and (b) the past month with BAA on their measures to ensure airport perimeter security at (1) Heathrow, (2) Stansted, and (3) Gatwick. [HL296]

Aviation security is regulated under the national aviation security programme (NASP), and subject to inspections by both UK and EC transport security inspectors. Continual dialogue takes place on issues across a range of NASP measures and appropriate rectification action is taken where necessary.

Both in the past year and month, transport security inspectors have had a series of discussions at all those airports. This routine dialogue is both as a result of issues identified as well as ongoing efforts to enhance further airport security. It is not appropriate for obvious reasons to discuss the details.