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Civil Defence

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make extra resources available to enable health boards to stockpile medical supplies and equipment, as laid out in paragraph 3.14 of his Department's circular "Emergency Planning in the National Health Service: Health Service Civil Defence Planning", SHHD/DGM(1987)41.

The question of stockpiling medical supplies and equipment, including cost implications, is presently under review. This will be a long-term project, and it is not possible at this stage to quantify the level of resources which may be involved.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a list of all medical establishments which may be allocated to armed forces casualties after a nuclear attack in each of the health boards' areas; and if he will make a statement.

No medical establishments have been specifically designated for allocation to armed forces casualties after a nuclear attack. The Health Service will provide treatment for all casualties as far as is possible in the circumstances prevailing.

Payments by local authorities under Section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968
Regional or Island Authority££ per '000 Population££ per'000 Population££ per 000 Population
Dumfries and Galloway4,38930·0319,198131·343,49623·85
Western Isles5,047160·133,933125·033,723118·02
Scotland Total414,45280·471,597,482310·45534,789104·12