§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations he has received on the implications for local government finance of the Civil Contingencies Bill. 
§ Mr. Alexander
Representations have been received from a wide range of organisations on the Civil Contingencies Bill. These have included representations dealing with the issue of funding.
The draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Cmd 5843) was published on 19 June 2003. Two of the specific questions raised in the accompanying consultation document are related to the mechanism and level of funding for local government civil protection work. I expect to receive further representations on funding as a result of the consultation.