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Civil Defence

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects his working party's report with guidelines on public protection against chemical attack; if such guidelines will be made available to authorities charged with a duty to plan for the protection of the public in war; and if such guidelines will form the basis of advice for distribution to the general public.

In the absence of a ban on chemical weapons, the Government are conducting a variety of studies into their effects and protective measures against them. This work is continuing and consideration of guidance must await its outcome.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when authorities charged with a duty to plan for the protection of the public in war may expect guidance on the identification of suitable public places for shelter in war.

"Emergency Planning Guidance Handbook 2: Communal Shelters" was issued to local authorities in 1985. A pilot communal shelter survey has been undertaken in selected areas, and supplementary advice on survey methods will be issued in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the annual throughput of students at the Civil Defence College for each of the last five years.

The following numbers of persons attended courses and seminars at the Civil Defence College:

Number
19822,140
19832,710
19842,896
19852,868
19862,892