HL Deb 10 May 1990 vol 518 cc1599-600WA
Lord Renton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made by local authorities in fulfilling their civil defence obligations during the third year of the planned programme for implementation of the Civil Defence (General Local Authority Functions) Regulations 1983.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Earl Ferrers)

Copies of a report on implementation of the 1983 regulations by 30th September 1989 have today been placed in the Library. The report discusses local authorities' progress in meeting their civil defence obligations since the last such report, which covered the period up to 1st October 1988. The Planned Programme for Implementation (PPI) was introduced in 1986 to monitor local authority progress under the 1983 regulations. It provides a broad framework within which the work can be developed and enables the Government to assess whether the civil defence duties of local authorities are being adequately discharged and thus whether grant can properly be paid.

It is clear that the PPI has been an effective means of developing the planning process. A circular is therefore being issued to local authorities today announcing the Government's decision to extend the PPI into a sixth year covering the period from October 1991 to September 1992. The Government will continue to monitor local authority activity and the value for money in the grant paid by calling for annual progress reports and costed programmes of work which will be the subject of individual discussion.