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Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Manpower

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) police officers and (b) staff in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and (v) 2014.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

On 31 March 2010 the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) employed 832 police officers and 140 police staff—which includes firearms training instructors plus training and armoury personnel. On 31 March 2011 this was 826 and 156, respectively. Details on the roles, responsibilities and composition of CNC are contained in the Civil Nuclear Police Authority's (CNPA) annual reports and strategic plans which are available on

Security arrangements at all civil nuclear sites are kept under constant review as part of a continuous process to ensure existing arrangements are robust and effective. There is an ongoing uplift in the operational capacity of the CNC which will see an increase in CNC police numbers by 31 March 2012. The CNC uplift is addressing the range of priorities articulated by the Government in order to meet the risks faced by the UK that were contained in the strategic defence and security review, and this is expected to lead to ongoing increases in CNC police officers beyond 2012.

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