Schedule 3 - Repeals and Revocations

Civil Contingencies Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 10th February 2004.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Cabinet Office) and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 4:30 pm, 10th February 2004

I beg to move amendment No. 65, in

schedule 3, page 27, second column, leave out lines 34 to 37 and insert—

'The whole Act.'.

This is a technical amendment relating to the repeal of the legislation on civil defence—the Civil Defence (Armed Forces) Act 1954—that makes provision for the training in civil defence of members of the armed forces. In the light of the repeal of the Civil Defence Act 1948, the 1954 Act is unnecessary. Initially the Government decided to preserve section 2 of the 1954 Act, which declares, for avoidance of doubt, that the duties that the armed forces may be called on to undertake include civil defence and civil defence training. However, after further discussion with our colleagues in the Ministry of Defence, it is clear that existing terms of service leave no doubt about whether members of the armed forces can be called on for those purposes. It is therefore not necessary to preserve that provision, and the Act can be repealed in its entirety.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule 3, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 32 and 33 ordered to stand part of the Bill.