Aviation: Security

Transport written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the implications of the provisions of child protection legislation for the use of full-body scanners at Heathrow Airport.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The introduction of the scanners is a necessary additional measure in response to the heightened threat to the travelling public. Their application to passengers including children, with the proposed safeguards as to their use, is a proportionate response to the heightened threat. The use of body scanners is compatible with the Protection of Children Act 1978. The use of scanners will be subject to a code of practice which is being developed by the Department for Transport and airport operators.

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