HC Deb 30 October 1987 vol 121 c450W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what would be the cost of current proposals for nuclear civil defence (i) London and (ii) nationally, and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Civil defence planning under the Civil Defence Act 1948 relates to measures to mitigate the effect of any hostile attack by a foreign power, whatever form it may take. Separate costings for nuclear aspects are not made.

In London, the principal responsibility for civil defence planning rests with the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority, whose preliminary estimate for civil defence expenditure as a whole for 1987–88 was 1.5 million. Total programmed expenditure on civil defence in the United Kingdom during 1987–88 is £105 million.