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Civil Service: Influenza

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what preparations have been undertaken to ensure the continued effectiveness of the Civil Service in the event of an influenza pandemic. (290086)

All Government Departments have business continuity arrangements in place to address a wide range of scenarios as required under the Security Policy Framework. These plans focus on ensuring continued delivery of critical departmental activities, including at times of high staff absenteeism. To assist preparations, Departments are receiving regular updates and briefings including revised planning assumptions for staff absenteeism which are also available to other employers on the Cabinet Office website.