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The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) is an executive directorate of the Home Office responsible for leading the work on counter-terrorism in the UK, working closely with the police and security services. The office reports to the Home Secretary (currently Alan Johnson) and Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing (currently Tony McNulty).[1]


According to its website, the current responsibilities of the OSCT are:[1]

  • Exercising the UK's response to a terrorist incident
  • Developing legislation on terrorism here and overseas
  • Providing security measures and protection packages for public figures
  • Ensuring that the UK’s critical national infrastructure is protected from attack (including electronic attack)
  • Ensuring the UK is prepared to deal with a chemical, biological, or nuclear release
  • Liaising with government and emergency services during terrorist incidents or counter-terrorism operations


  1. ^ a b Home Office - Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, "About the directorate", retrieved 2009-04-20


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