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Counterterrorism

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure for 2008—09; what it is for 2009—10; and what is the planned budget for 2010—11.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure on the National Counter Terrorism Security Office in 2008—09; what will be the expenditure in 2009—10; and what is the planned expenditure in 2010—11.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure on activity under the PROTECT strand of the counterterrorism strategy in 2008—09; what will be the expenditure in 2009—10; and what is the planned expenditure in 2010—11.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure on activity under the PREPARE strand of the counterterrorism strategy in 2008—09; what will be the expenditure in 2009—10; and what is the planned expenditure in 2010—11.

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 United Kingdom's strategy for countering international terrorism set out details of government spending on counterterrorism and intelligence. It is forecast to rise from £2.5 billion in 2008-09 to £3.5 billion in 2010-11. This budget is wider than just expenditure on the Government's counterterrorism strategy, CONTEST.

Breaking down this budget by specific counterterrorism and intelligence activities, beyond what is published already, would reveal our capabilities and details of the security and intelligence agencies' spending. It has been the policy of successive governments not to reveal these details.

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is funded from the Single Intelligence Account (SIA) which carries the budget provision for all three security and intelligence agencies (the Security Service, SIS and GCHQ). Detailed breakdowns showing the division of funding between the three agencies are not published for security reasons.

However, some information is already made publicly available. This includes:

£1.2 billion e-Borders system which has screened over 80 million passengers travelling to the UK, using data received from approximately 105 carriers on over 185 routes; assistance worth £4.7 million was approved in 2008 and focused on overseas aviation and maritime security;£5 million for 2009-10 to support regional and local delivery of work in England and Wales to improve the protection of crowded places as set out in the Government's consultation document Working Together to Protect Crowded Places; and£2.7 million for the period 2007-08 to 2008-09 to increase the size of the National Barrier Asset.

More than £1.5 million in 2008-09 to support additional counterterrorist security advisers posts.

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