§ Mr. Peter Bradley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has issued on the security implications of the provision of litter bins at(a) railway stations and (b) other public places. 
§ Mr. Straw
The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is responsible for security measures at railway it stations. The police provide advice on measures to improve security in other public places. Such protective security measures have been devised and are maintained to counter the current terrorist threat, to the extent that as the threat diminishes, so too will the need for restrictive security measures.
The Home Office (Police Scientific and Development Branch) has published a standard for the production of safe and affordable litter bins which has been circulated to the industry. A copy has been placed in the Library.