Civil Contingencies Act

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Shadow Security Minister, Home Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the review of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 will be completed; and what interim conclusions have been reached.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

The review of the Civil Contingencies Act was announced in the Government's first national security strategy in March 2008. The provisional timetable for the review is to develop proposals for a full public consultation to begin by January 2009 with the aim of making recommendations to Ministers by the summer of 2009.

The formal programme of work under the review did not begin until early June and it is therefore too early in the timetable for any interim findings to be drawn. These will only begin to emerge following the Cabinet Office's programme of extensive stakeholder engagement over the summer and autumn. This work will examine current arrangements and develop policy options for a public consultation in the new year.

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