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Nuclear Alert

Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what system the Government would use to warn every person in the United Kingdom of a nuclear attack ; and if he is satisfied that arrangements in this regard are adequate, efficient and not totally dependent on computers.

The public warning system operated by the United Kingdom warning and monitoring organisation does not involve computerised procedures. I am considering, as part of my present review of home defence arrangements, what improvements in the system may be called for.