To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the purpose of the ad hoc working party on emergency communications; who attends its meetings; how often it meets; on what dates it has met since 1993; when it was established; and if the papers of the working party are made available to the public. 
The ad hoc working party on emergency communications (AWPEC) first met in 1985. It provides a forum for the exchange of information on emergency communications between the Home Office, other home departments and local authorities. It has met in March and September 1993, April and October 1994, April and December 1995, July 1996 and February 1997. The working party proceedings have not been made available to the public.