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Security Operation (Barrow)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many personnel, at what cost, and how many Royal Navy vessels were involved in the security operation at Barrow-in-Furness for the docking of the Pacific Pintail and Pacific Teal vessels in September. [77769]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 28 October 2002]: Security for the transportation of nuclear material is regulated by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS), the security regulator. It is not Government policy to disclose details of security measures taken in connection with nuclear material. The costs of compliance with regulatory nuclear security requirements are borne by the company. Details of those costs are a matter for BNFL.

No Royal Navy vessels were involved with the security operation at Barrow-in-Furness.

Trent Aero Engines

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government has invested broken down by financial year, in Rolls-Royce plc for development of the next generation Trent aero engines; and if she will make a statement. [77905]

Alan Johnson: The Government will invest #250 million between the years 2000–2003, for the development of the Rolls-Royce Trent 600/900 aeroengines. Launch Investment has helped to maintain the UK's competence in aerospace research and development by supporting Rolls-Royce as a manufacturing centre of excellence in the UK. Rolls-Royce currently employs within the UK 26,500 employees in the civil aerospace sector.

Wind Turbines

Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce legislation to allow the development of offshore wind farms outside the 12-mile territorial limit; and if she will make a statement. [78142]

Mr. Wilson: It is important that a legislative framework is in place so that developers are able to build wind farms beyond the 12-mile territorial sea limit. The Government intends to legislate as soon as a place for a Bill is available in the legislative programme.

TRANSPORT

Air Transport (Consultation Document)

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many copies of the Department's consultation paper on Future Development of Air Transport in the UK: South East have been issued with the figure of #15,000 instead of #1,500 in paragraph

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19.19; and what measures have been taken to inform those in possession of the erroneous publication of this mistake. [76810]

Mr. Jamieson: In paragraph 19.9 of XThe Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom (South East)" main, and the second paragraph of section 12.2 of the XSouth East summary consultation" document the correct wording should be X. . .subject to a maximum payment of #15,000."

The error has been corrected in reprints of both documents and an erratum has been posted for the web version. Letters correcting the error are being sent to all residents who received a summary document in the initial mailing. The hon. Member will also want to be aware that as part of the compulsory purchase policy review, my right hon Friend the Deputy Prime Minister is currently consulting on options that might lead to the revision of the existing Home-loss payments provisions.

A27

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans in respect of the Beddingham level crossing on the A27; and whether his plans will include options for consultation with the public. [77689]

Mr. Jamieson: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Tim Matthews, to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Tim Matthews to Norman Baker, dated 30 October 2002:





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A59 (Lancashire)

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will examine the safety of the junction of the A59 in Lancashire at the Clitheroe and Sabden turnoffs and fund changes to it. [77654]

Mr. Jamieson: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr Tim Matthews, to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Tim Matthews to Mr Nigel Evans, dated 30 October 2002:







Airport Security

Paul Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to review airport security measures. [78601]

Mr. Darling: Aviation security measures remain at an enhanced level following the attacks on 11 September last year. The Government keep these measures under constant review, and from time to time additional protective steps will be taken as the situation demands.

In May this year, as part of the process of continuing review, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I appointed Sir John Wheeler to conduct an independent examination of airport security. The terms of reference

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for this work, set out in full in the report Sir John submitted to us on 13 September, included a focus on the threat from serious and organised crime at UK airports and the role of the Police Service.

The Government are grateful to Sir John for the care with which he analysed the issues, and we have considered carefully his findings and recommendations. These, together with his introduction to the report, are today being placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The main body of the document contains information about operational security matters, and for that reason it would not be appropriate to publish the report in its entirety.

The Report endorses the National Aviation Security Programme and the commitment of those working to deliver its objectives. It also makes some valuable recommendations around the need to strengthen strategic direction, to undertake a detailed multi-agency assessment of the potential threats from serious and organised crime, and to overhaul the arrangements by which airports may be 'designated' for policing by uniformed officers. The Government are happy to accept in principle all of Sir John's recommendations. My Department and the Home Office are working closely together on implementation, which will bring in the police and other control agencies and the airport industry.


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