To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 791W, to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet, on Heathrow airport: security, how many times her Department has conducted (a) announced and (b) unannounced security inspections and audits (i) prior to and (ii) since the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5; and what the date was of each inspection and audit.
The Department monitors the level of compliance through its programme of regular inspections and audits. This activity is predominantly unannounced inspectors seek corrective action from industry where appropriate. We worked closely with Heathrow airport in the lead up to the opening of T5, and have undertaken regular monitoring activity since passenger flights commenced. However, it would not be appropriate to discuss the details of this activity.