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Sport: Security

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect travelling sports teams from potential attacks similar to the one recently made on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. [HL2583]

The Government's refreshed counterterrorism strategy, CONTEST, published in March, aims to reduce the risk of international terrorism to the UK and our interests overseas, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. This includes sports teams in the UK and those travelling overseas.

The police have long-standing arrangements in place to work closely with sports organisations to ensure that security requirements are adequately considered. Security at sporting events is kept under constant review as a matter of course based on assessment of risk, which takes into account both threat and vulnerability. There are well established and exercised plans in place to deal with a wide range of potential situations. The Government's long-standing policy is not to comment on specific protective security measures as to do so could compromise any arrangements that are in place.