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Civil Defence

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans exist for the protection of the civil population in the time of war; and if he will make a statement.

Both central and local government have prepared plans to protect the public in war. These include advice on protection against the immediate and delayed effects of nuclear attack and the maintenance of a comprehensive system for attack warnings and the monitoring of radioactive fallout. Plans exist to provide the essentials of life in the aftermath of an attack and to begin the process of recovery. I am examining how best to improve the existing arrangements.