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Contingency Planning

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what preparations he has made for the distribution of information to the general public in the event of a civil emergency. [111122]

Long-standing protocols exist for distributing information to the public in the event of a civil emergency. These arrangements are maintained by the Government Information and Communication Service within the Cabinet Office.The Emergency Services warn and advise those in the immediate vicinity of an incident, working closely with other bodies as appropriate.Away from the emergency the public will be advised, as appropriate, in line with the Government's 'Go In Stay In Tune In' doctrine. We have made arrangements