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Volume 710: debated on Monday 27 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the joint programmes and exercises between police and the armed forces referred to on page 14 of The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism. [HL2580]

The military have a range of well developed operational plans that are exercised regularly and which could be used to support the police in responding to a terrorist incident if required in the land, maritime and air environments.

The Government has a comprehensive counterterrorism exercises programme, led by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office, which tests and improves the abilities of the police and other key stakeholders, including the Armed Forces, to prepare for, respond to and manage terrorist investigations and incidents. The programme comprises three national-level exercises each year and the scenario for each one is based in a different policing region.