§ Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU countries in relation to improving joint contingency planning and cooperation in the event of civil emergencies. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Hereford (Paul Keetch) on 24 March 2003,Official Report, column 24W.