Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Shadow Minister (Homeland Security), Home Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was made available to (a) prevent and (b) deal with terrorist attacks on UK ports and harbours in 2005–06.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The cost burden of maintaining secure ports and harbours falls mainly to industry. The lead for dealing with terrorist attacks when they occur in the UK lies with the Home Office, the police and other emergency services. The Department is unable to provide information on how much of their total provisions for 2005–06 was made available to prepare for terrorist attacks in the UK's ports and harbours. Within the Department, the Directorate of Transport Security and Civil Contingencies works closely with industry to ensure that the regulatory provisions for security that apply to ports and harbours .are met. In 2005–06 the Directorate budgeted £1.7 million which includes the running costs for 34 staff who are mainly working to prevent terrorist attacks on maritime transport targets including our ports and harbours. Staff who are working on cross-cutting tasks within the Directorate also contribute to this effort.

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