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National Security Strategy: Electromagnetic Pulses

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had on electromagnetic pulses in the context of the National Security Strategy; and if he will make a statement. (286183)

The Government’s updated National Security Strategy takes into account the threat posed to UK interests by the full range of ‘threat actors’; a definition which includes natural hazards, as well as individuals or organisations with malign intent.

The associated Cyber Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, published alongside and reflected in the National Security Strategy update, considers a number of methods of cyber attack, including those that generate high levels of power that can damage or disrupt unprotected electronics.

Both strategies were produced in consultation with experts within and outside Government.