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Armed Forces: Fuels

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of an interruption in fuel supply arising from industrial action on the armed forces; (211529)

(2) what contingency plans his Department has made for interruptions in supply of fuel arising from industrial action; what collaboration with other Government Departments his Department has undertaken in developing such plans; and whether such plans include further collaboration with other Departments.

Officials regularly undertake assessments of the Department's predicted fuel usage and assess the impact on Defence outputs of any shortages. In the event of extreme disruptions to the fuel supply, Defence activities would be considered alongside wider Government priorities and fuel supplies would be allocated accordingly.

Defence has a standing contingency plan to ensure that it is able to maintain its core outputs in the event of fuel disruption, regardless of its cause. Defence officials are in regular contact with officials in other Government Departments, in particular the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) who are the lead Government Department for these types of incidents. The contingency plans are currently being updated to reflect the latest version of the National Emergency Plan for Fuel which has been published by BERR.

The Cabinet Office's Civil Contingencies Secretariat co-ordinates the Government's approach to planning for and responding to all civil contingencies. As a central Government Department, the MOD routinely takes part in this work.