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Health Protection Agency

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stocks of vital materiel the Health Protection Agency is procuring to prepare for an attack by nuclear, biological, radiological or chemical weapons. [128666]

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is not procuring any stocks of vital material in preparation for an attack using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapons. The procurement of health-related CBRN countermeasures is the responsibility of the Department and, in undertaking this role, the Department seeks scientific and technical advice from the HPA as required.