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Transport Network Resilience

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

15. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his responsibilities are for coordination of action across Government to ensure the resilience of the transport network. (257862)

Responsibility for the provision of resilient transport services rests primarily with the owners and operators of those services. Within Government, the Department for Transport and, where appropriate, the devolved Administrations work with the regulators, owners and operators to ensure, as appropriate, that standards are in place and effective contingency arrangements exist.

The Cabinet Office has departmental responsibility for the generic local response framework within England and Wales, including responsibility for the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. The Cabinet Office will, where appropriate, also provide support to the lead department on cross-cutting issues in an emergency as part of the Cabinet Office’s wider role of supporting effective Government and collective ministerial responsibility.