COUNTER-TERRORISM SECURITY IN EXPLOSIVES
Letter from the Chairman to Lord Bach,
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sustainable Farming
and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thank you for your letter of 15 December 2005
in reply to my letter of 18 November addressed to Hazel Blears.
Sub-Committee F (Home Affairs) of the House
of Lords Committee on the European Union considered your letter
at a meeting on 11 January. We were very grateful for the information
you provided on the measures taken to ensure that ammonium nitrate
based fertilisers are stored in secure conditions. It is useful
to know that there is awareness of this problem.
Fertilisers are of course a valuable commodity
which farmers will naturally safeguard. Nevertheless the Committee
believe that, even if a fertiliser is "wherever possible
... [stored] ... inside a locked building or compound", this
will not be much of a deterrent to anyone who wishes to steal
it for use in manufacturing explosives. We hope therefore that
you will discourage the Commission from burdening the industry
with further regulations regarding the storage of fertiliser,
since these will have no practical utility.
19 January 2006
182 Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of
Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, p 532. Back