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Civil Defence

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the aims and achievements of the civil defence nuclear bomb on Great Britain exercise carried out on and around 1 November; if he will list in the Official Report the number of people involved in the exercise and the total cost; and if he will make a statement.

The exercise held by the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation (UKWMO) on Sunday, 1 November was one of a series held each year. The objectives were to practise the UKWMO and the Royal Observer Corps in their wartime operational role, and to evaluate procedures for issuing fallout warnings and providing nuclear burst and fallout information to those with civil defence responsibilities.Some 8,000 volunteers, including members of the Royal Observer Corps, participated in the exercise at an estimated cost of £55,000, mainly out of pocket allowances for people who used their spare time to practise and prove their operational efficiency in a role vital to the protection of the civil population.