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Contact Details

Security Arrangements

 General contact
High Level Conference on the Future
of the European Court of Human Rights

Brighton, United Kingdom, 18-20 April 2012

Security Arrangements


The British Government will provide protection packages based on international practice and security needs. In general this applies to Heads of State, Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers but it may be extended to others where there is specific intelligence of a threat or risk. A request for protection must be sent to Diplomatic and VIP Security Section by e-mail or fax (see contact details below).

Firearms and other weapons

Missions are reminded that under United Kingdom law, the carrying of firearms, batons, CS spray, tasers and knives and other weapons by security/protection officers accompanying delegations is not permitted. Any weapons brought into the United Kingdom by these security/protection officers must be surrendered to the appropriate United Kingdom port authorities on arrival so that weapons can be stored securely until departure. Diplomatic and VIP Security Section, Protocol Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, must be given details of all weapons being brought into the United Kingdom so that this information can be relayed to the relevant port authority in advance of the visit. Missions must also notify airlines or private charter companies, before departure, that weapons will be taken onboard the aircraft.

Communications Equipment

Diplomatic and VIP Security Section is the point of contact for radio frequency requests. Authority for the use of radio frequencies must be obtained and the following information must be provided: bandwidth, frequency range (also known as the spectrum), any preferred frequencies, area of usage and power output. This information should be sent by e-mail or fax to:

Diplomatic and VIP Security Section, FCO:
E-mail: ProtocolSecurity@fco.gov.uk
Tel No: +44 (0)207 008 0252
Fax No: +44 (0)207 008 1026

Details of any other communications equipment to be used during the Conference must also be provided with as much detail as possible so that authorisation for use can be obtained.

Contact for Security:
Diplomatic and VIP Security Section, Protocol Directorate, FCO
Tel No: +44 (0)207 008 0252
Fax No: +44 (0)207 008 1026
Email: ProtocolSecurity@fco.gov.uk