Clyde Naval Base: Military Police

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th January 2017.

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Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Ministry of Defence Police officers are deployed to patrol in the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to expand the role of Ministry of Defence police officers in the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by how much Ministry of Defence Police have increased in the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport in the last (a) 12 and (b) 24 months.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Ministry of Defence Police first patrolled the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department consulted Police Scotland before the Ministry of Defence Police began patrolling beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under whose command Ministry of Defence police officers are when on operational duty in the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Ministry of Defence police officers carry firearms when on duty beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what extra training Ministry of Defence police officers receive before going on duty beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who allocates what duties are to be performed by Ministry of Defence police officers before they go on duty beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Ministry of Defence Police fulfil in the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport that Police Scotland currently (a) do not and (b) cannot.

Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes in circumstances made it necessary that the Ministry of Defence Police should start patrolling in the civilian areas beyond the perimeter of HMNB Clyde and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police officers have historically routinely undertaken external unarmed patrols in the vicinity of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, which includes the Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport. In 2003, as part of the overall protective security arrangements for both establishments, MOD introduced armed external patrols following full consultation with the then Strathclyde Police and local community stakeholders. This agreement remains extant with the Police Service of Scotland.

The extent of MOD Police patrol activity is determined as part of the Naval Base security arrangements and are covered by an agreement with Police Scotland. MOD Police officers are trained to national police standards and remain under the operational command of the Chief Constable of MOD Police whilst on external patrols. Responsibility for the maintenance and enforcement of the law in Scotland rests with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

There has been no increase to routine MOD Police patrols outside the two establishments during the last 24 months although the MOD keeps security at all of its establishments under review and there are no current plans to expand these external patrols. Any proposals to increase external MOD Police patrols would be agreed with Police Scotland.

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