Airports: Security

Transport written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the security and safety implications of the sale in the departure sectors of airports of goods deemed unsuitable to be taken on planes.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Goods that are listed as prohibited items should not be sold in retail outlets located in the departure lounges of airports. Airport managers and Department for Transport inspectors are responsible for ensuring that shops comply with this requirement, and that supplies to shops located in the departure lounges are screened or have been kept secure, prior to being permitted into the airport.

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