HC Deb 01 March 1973 vol 851 c394W
29. Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why Home Office circular ES 1/1972 makes no provision for the training of life-saving personnel as a precaution for wartime emergencies.

Mr. Lane

As training in first-aid and similar life-saving activities forms part of our peacetime services, a special civil defence training for wartime emergencies is not necessary.

30. Mr. Mather

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to ensure that emergency plans of other essential services, especially those provided by Government Departments, hospitals, nationalised industries and public utility undertakings, are kept up to date and co-ordinated with local authority plans for dealing with wartime emergencies.

Mr. Lane

It is the responsibility of the authority providing the service to keep its plans up to date. Co-ordination of local plans lies with the county emergency planning team and senior representatives of the essential industry or undertaking. As was stated in paragraph 14 of Home Office circular No. ES 1/ 1972, work is in progress on issuing extensive guidance on the operational assumptions against which authorities should prepare their own war plans.