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Electronic War

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has undertaken research on whether terrorist groups are seeking to obtain the capability to carry out electromagnetic pulse attacks on the UK. (325553)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 12 March 2010, Official Report, column 479W. I have nothing further to add.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the threat of an electromagnetic pulse attack on the UK in the context of the National Security Strategy. (325554)

The Government's National Security Strategy and the Cyber Security Strategy of June 2009 provide a view of potential state and non-state led threats against the UK into the future including the possible use of high power radio frequency transmissions or electromagnetic pulses to damage or disrupt unprotected electronics. The Ministry of Defence was fully involved with the development of this work.