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National Security

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment has been made of the level of threat to national security from (a) an influenza pandemic and (b) a bioterror attack. (242466)

The National Risk Register, published earlier this year as part of the Government’s wider National Security Strategy, sets out our assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different risks that may directly affect the UK. The document is available in the Libraries of the House and is also accessible online via the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/reports/national_risk _register.aspx

The assessments for pandemic influenza and ‘bioterror attack’ are detailed at paragraphs 2.27 and 2.104 of this document respectively.