Health written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 597W, on influenza, which critical national infrastructure industries participated in the Winter Willow exercise in 2007;

(2) whether the armed forces were involved in his Department's Winter Willow pandemic influenza contingency planning exercise of January and February 2007; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The armed forces were not directly involved in exercise Winter Willow. However, the Ministry of Defence were involved in planning the exercise and observing Cabinet Office briefing room discussions.

In addition to the health sector, other sectors within the critical national infrastructure industries that participated in the Winter Willow exercise included the:

Food sector—a range of manufacturers, retailers, primary producers, and wholesalers;

Water sector—several water companies;

Fuel sector—representatives for fuel refiners and retailers; and

Transport sector—a range of transport operators covering buses, trains, air travel and shipping.

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