§ Mr. George
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals there are to extend the vetting of(a) in-house and (b) contract security staff at airports in the United Kingdom by permitting access to the police national computer; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
Ministers agreed in August of this year that all security staff working at UK airports, whether in-house or contractors, should be subject to formal counter-terrorist checks against Government records, 241W including criminal records held by the police. This is additional to the existing requirement for references to be obtained.