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Electronic Warfare

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of an electromagnetic pulse strike caused (a) deliberately and (b) through solar activity on the critical infrastructure of his Department. (321760)

We regularly review our business continuity and resilience plans, informed by assessments made by central agencies. Our plans provide for a flexible response to disruption of infrastructure and critical activities from the range of threats and hazards. For security reasons we do not disclose assessment of individual threat sources or of any particular vulnerability. We recognise that the potential hazard posed by solar activity is expected to increase in 2012 and we will be reviewing this threat when further scientific evidence becomes available.