§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the remit of the Civil Contingency Secretariat is; and to whom they report. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
The remit of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat is to make the United Kingdom more effective in planning for, dealing with, and learning lessons from emergencies and disasters.
The Secretariat services the Civil Contingencies Committee, which I chair and in addition as part of the Cabinet Office reports to my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister (Mr. Blair) through the Cabinet Secretary (Sir Richard Wilson).