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Bellwin Schemes

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make the Bellwin scheme of emergency financial assistance to local authorities applicable to terrorist incidents. (103970)

Section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 gives the Government powers to make a contribution to costs incurred by a local authority in taking immediate action to safeguard life or property or to prevent severe inconvenience following an emergency or disaster. Each case has to be considered on its merits but, in the past, it has not been deemed appropriate to apply the Bellwin scheme to terrorist incidents.