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Ambulances: Fuels

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency plans his Department has for the provision of fuel for ambulances during periods of fuel shortages. (211516)

The arrangements for accessing fuel for ambulances are handled at the local level. The Department encourages all national health service organisations to establish contingency plans in line with business continuity management advice and guidance, of which the sourcing of fuel is one element. It is the responsibility of each ambulance trust to put in place local arrangements to mitigate the effects of fuel shortages.

The Government have also established emergency provisions, as a part of the National Emergency Plan—Fuel, which can be invoked should the emergency services be unable to obtain fuel.