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Home Department written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Conservative, Bournemouth East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the EU's role in promoting national resilience; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

It is this Government's position that national resilience or civil protection is, and should, remain primarily a national responsibility. However, the Government recognises that action at EU level can facilitate mutual aid between member states in a disaster, and supports the sharing of good practice to prevent disasters where possible and/or mitigate their consequences.

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