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Emergencies

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 31 January 1979

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51.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the Government arrangements to deal with natural and civil emergencies.

Yes. Responsibility for responding to natural disasters and emergencies rests with local authorities in the first instance and guidance has been issued to them. Arrangements exist for co-ordinating any Government action which may be needed in emergencies of all kinds.