HC Deb 04 February 2002 vol 379 c704W
Valerie Davey

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Government plan to consult external scientists to ensure that contingency plans for responding to a terrorist attack using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material are scientifically robust. [33648]

Mr. Leslie

The Government's chief scientific adviser has been asked to consult on a regular basis with appropriate scientists and expert advisers to ensure that contingency plans reflect the latest scientific knowledge. He reports on a regular basis to the CBRN sub-committee chaired by the Minister of State, Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham).