Counter-terrorism: Local Government

Home Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to local councils to help with the (a) preparation of anti-terror strategies and (b) installation of anti-terror infrastructure.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

There is a wide range of high quality advice and guidance available to the owners and operators of crowded places (including public authorities) to en-sure that they are aware of terrorist threats and how to effectively mitigate them. This includes advice from police Counter Terrorism Security Advisers based in every police region, and a range of extensive advice and guidance from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and the Centre of the Protection of National Infrastructure.

It is a matter for the owners and operators of crowded places to consider this advice and to take forward, implement, and if required to fund, appropriate and proportionate security measures. Government resources will be able to provide appropriate guidance to assist councils in taking forward implementation of security measures, for example to provide details of companies who have achieved a benchmark of competence and expertise in a range of security mitigation techniques.

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