HC Deb 16 December 1999 vol 341 cc258-9W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is the annual cost of the STANOC centre at Larkhill; which police forces they have assisted in the past two years; and what charges STANOC have made; [102872]

(2) if he will list (a) police forces, (b) other Government departments and agencies and (c) companies assisted by STANOC in each of the past two years; and what charges have been levied in each case. [102873]

Mr. Spellar

The Annual cost of The Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Night Observation and Counter-surveillance Centre (STANOC) is £0.24 million.

The Centre gives assistance to the police and other Government Departments under the provisions of Military Aid to the Civil Powers, and to Industry. Assistance to the police and other Government Departments is provided without charge. The Centre charges industry for help and advice on matters relating to private venture work and work in pursuit of overseas contracts; advice to industry on UK MOD matters is given without charge. I am withholding the information on the specific charges levied in each case under section 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. I can report, however, that total recoveries since 1 January 1998 amount to £9,882. It is not possible accurately to break the figures down for each year as much of the work carried out by the Centre spans the whole period.

The organisations supported by STANOC during the Service Exercises past two years are as follows:

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Somerset and Avon Police
  • Dorset Police
  • Sussex Police
  • Norfolk Police
  • West Midlands Police
  • Shropshire police
  • Hampshire Police
  • National Crime Squad
  • Police Scientific and Development Branch
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Lothian and Borders Police Asbestos
  • Strathclyde Police
  • South Wales Police
  • Durham Police
  • Lancashire Police
  • Wiltshire police
  • MOD Police
  • Jersey Police
  • HM Customs and Excise
  • The Security Service
  • National Criminal Intelligence Service


  • ETI
  • Cincinatti
  • Thompson CSF
  • GEC
  • Pilkington
  • Wylam Defence Systems
  • Avimo
  • Bae
  • Baxall
  • Barrington International
  • Barracuda
  • Accuracy International
  • GKN
  • Raytheon
  • Litton
  • Bridport Aviation
  • Flectalon
  • Colebrand
  • Roctec
  • MFC
  • Royal Ordnance
  • Gore UK
  • Arkonia
  • CDSS
  • ATSI