Orders of the Day — Civil Defence (Grant) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:21 pm on 28th November 2001.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) 6:21 pm, 28th November 2001

Perhaps I may re-profile the hon. Gentleman on a couple of points. He will be aware that the civil defence grant budget has levelled off at about £14 million since 1997, so there has been no reduction on our watch. Most importantly, it must be reiterated that the Bill is not about setting the budget for the next financial year. That is a matter for Ministers and a debate for another time. What we have to deal with is the question whether there should be a formula to allocate the grant.