Transport Committee Press Notice

PRESS NOTICE

TRAVELLING WITHOUT FEAR

Committee announces inquiry into steps taken to protect the travelling public from terrorist violence

Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Transport Committee, said:

On 2 November the Secretary of State for Transport and officials of the Transport Security and Contingencies Directorate of the Department for Transport briefed the Committee on UK transport security. It is clear from what we heard that the threat remains high. We shall be publishing the evidence we have received for that hearing in due course.

“There is nothing more important to users of the transport systems, whether by air, sea or land, than reassurance that all steps necessary are being taken to ensure their protection from violent attack. Events since the attacks on New York in 2001, and the attacks on London earlier this year,  have underlined the serious nature of the threat posed by terrorists to travellers and transport systems. While there can be no such thing as 100% security, it is vital that everything possible is done to ensure that the travelling public is protected.

“Our inquiry will seek to throw light on the nature of the threat to our transport systems, and what is being done by those responsible for the safety of the travelling public to counter that threat.”

The Transport Committee wishes in particular to examine:

• The government’s assessment of the terrorist threat to our transport infrastructure

• What the Government is doing to counter the threat on all modes of transport, air, sea, bus, underground, light rail.

• What structures are in place to ensure that the transport industry and the Government co-operate fully in countering the threat of future terrorist strikes.

• The state of international co-operation in combating attacks on transport systems.

• What has been learnt from the experience of other countries which have experienced terrorist attacks on their transport systems.

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the committee before 12 December 2005.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length and should include a summary and a conculsio n.  Please submit a single hard copy of your memorandum by post to the above address, and an electronic version , preferably a Word document, by e-mail to [email protected] or alternatively on a disk with the hard copy.  If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your memorandum, please take particular care to ensure that your submission is legible. All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee does not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice  13/2005-06  3 November 2005

Dr John Patterson, Clerk of the Committee