Aviation: Security

Scotland written question – answered on 3rd November 2010.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has assessed the effect of airport security measures required by the Department for Transport on the competitiveness of airports in Scotland.

Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore The Secretary of State for Scotland

The Department for Transport is working towards developing a new regulatory system for aviation security-one where the Government concentrates on setting the security outcomes that need to be achieved, giving operators the freedom to devise the security processes needed to deliver them. That will allow airports to deliver more efficient and passenger-friendly security processes without compromising passenger security.

As the Home Secretary stated in Parliament on 1 November, in the light of the incident at Nottingham East Midlands Airport, additional measures have been put in place in the immediate term. Discussions are in progress on appropriate measures for the longer term.

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