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International Situation (Contingency Planning)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:33 pm on 19th March 2003.

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Photo of Margaret Smith Margaret Smith Liberal Democrat 2:33 pm, 19th March 2003

I associate myself and members of the Liberal Democrat party in this Parliament with the First Minister's comments about our armed forces. Despite any concerns that we might have about how we got here or where we go from here, we all owe clear and whole-hearted support to those forces.

The First Minister knows that Edinburgh airport falls within my constituency. What part will our airports play in the contingency planning and what extra security measures will be put in place? Furthermore, will he assure us that neighbouring police forces have all the resources that they need to maintain order in surrounding communities and to redeploy officers at airports in the coming weeks?