Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s robust response to the weekend’s terrorist incidents.
David Hanson said:
“The top priority always has to be the safety of the British public and Ministers right across Government are working together to deliver a package of measures to tackle the terrorist threat.
“Since Friday morning, the Government have held four meetings of COBR, chaired by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary and attended by Ministers from key government departments and the police and intelligence agencies. The priority has been to coordinate the necessary responses to protect the public.
The police have substantially stepped up protective security measures including:
· high visibility patrols, including armed response vehicles;
· increased use of stop and search powers for vehicles and pedestrians;
· increased physical protection around airport terminal buildings, including tighter controls on access roads and installation of new barriers, in conjunction with airport operators and the Department for Transport.
“This Government has doubled expenditure on counter terrorism since September 2001 and has now started a full consultative review of counter terrorism legislation with a view to a Bill later this year.
“The Home office has been refocused and the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism has been developed. There is also now an established a weekly security board, chaired by the Home Secretary.
“I am delighted that so many community leaders have come out over the last few days to condemn these attacks. These are criminal acts, whose victims come from all walks of life and we need to ensure that their message of hate is rejected within our communities.”