Terrorism: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Home Office written question – answered on 6th November 2020.

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Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there are resourced contingency plans to counter the threat of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by terrorist groups within the UK.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office and Police are working jointly to build a new national counter-drones capability, which will give the police the technology, resource and training required to effectively tackle the illegal use of drones.

There is no single means of protecting the UK from malicious drones use, which is why the Home Office, via the UK Counter-unmanned Aircraft Strategy has committed to developing a layered approach to counter malicious drone use. This layered approach includes: improved public understanding of safe drone operation; requiring drones over a certain size to be registered; requiring commercial drone pilots to be licenced, with full risk assessments in place for any companies operating commercial drones.

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