House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd April 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Shadow Security Minister, Home Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the Project ARGUS training exercises developed by the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office for night-time economy businesses, airport and railway terminals and the hotel sector will deal with a scenario involving armed and mobile terrorists employing "hit and run" or "seize and hold" tactics; and whether they will place a copy of those training exercises and materials in the Library of the House.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The police National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has delivered Project ARGUS training exercises for the following sectors: high street/retail (including businesses at airports, seaports and railway terminals); the night-time economy; health; and for those involved in the built environment, specifically architects, planners and design professionals. Project Argus training materials are currently being updated to include advice for businesses on dealing with firearms attacks. More detailed advice will be incorporated in the Project Argus training materials being developed for the hotel and the education sectors. The recently published NaCTSO protective security guidance on major events (available on the NaCTSO website www.nactso.gov.uk) includes the advice for businesses on firearms attack given at Project Argus events. A copy of NaCTSO protective security publications will be placed in the Library of the House.

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