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UK helps Norway on Oslo terror. Norwegian Minister of Government Administration, Reform, and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud is in London to learn about British anti-terror measures. Amongst themes discussed during her visit will be British strategies on government security following the 2005 attack in London, including ministers and buildings in the UK. The first meetings are with the Home Office’s Minister of State Damian Green, also covering bilateral UK-Norway contact following the Oslo attacks, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security (RUSI) representatives, and Sir Peter Ricketts, National Security Advisor and Head of the National Security Secretariat at the Home Office.

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UK helps Norway on Oslo terror

Published on Thursday, 20th October, 2011 at 12:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 20th October 2011 at 15:14.

Norwegian Minister of Government Administration, Reform, and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud is in London to learn about British anti-terror measures.

Damaged Oslo office buildings after bomb
Damaged Oslo office buildings after bomb
Photo: Jordan Strauss/Getty Images News


Amongst themes discussed during her visit will be British strategies on government security following the 2005 attack in London, including ministers and buildings in the UK.

The first meetings are with the Home Office’s Minister of State Damian Green, also covering bilateral UK-Norway contact following the Oslo attacks, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security (RUSI) representatives, and Sir Peter Ricketts, National Security Advisor and Head of the National Security Secretariat at the Home Office.

Minister Aasrud has been put in charge of assessing what to do with the badly bomb-damaged government building in the aftermath of Breivik’s assault.

Whilst the fate of it is still not clear, several officials, including Minister of Justice Knut Storberget, have expressed anxiety at the difficult decision to return to work there, if at all. As the cleanup work continues, government and personnel currently remain scattered in temporary offices in Oslo.

Commenting on the fact Breivik was able to drive the bomb-loaded van so close to government headquarters, Lord Alexander Carlile of Berriew says to NRK, “It would never have been possible for a large, unidentified van to park right outside government buildings or the Houses of Parliament here. Nobody can stop anywhere near government buildings in London apart for at traffic lights.”

The Norwegian government is considering several options; restoring the present building, constructing an entirely new one, or spreading offices throughout Oslo, as well as closing several streets. Lord Carlile believes the last option is unwise.

“It’s completely impossible to shut off an entire area. It will paralyse an entire part of the city and create major through-flow problems for traffic,” he says, advocating automatic number plate recognition, for example. “In this way, one can discover if anybody in the area poses a known threat.”

“However, you can only do so much to secure yourself, after which you can only hope that the measures are adequate in preventing any attempted terrorist attacks,” Lord Carlile concludes.

Norwegian Minister Rigmor Aasrud will also be discussing Digital Inclusion with Martha Lane Fox, and Government Director Graham Walker, as well as meeting with Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, The Rt. Hon Francis Maude MP about public sector reform and cyber security.

Cyber security and the UK’s critical national infrastructure will be discussed with the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House tomorrow.



Published on Thursday, 20th October, 2011 at 12:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 20th October 2011 at 15:14.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, oslobombing, ukanti-terrorsecurity.





  
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