§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations he has received on funding for contingency planning. 
§ Mr. Alexander
The Cabinet Office continues to be in discussion with representatives of local responder bodies on the funding of their civil protection work. The public consultation on the draft Civil Contingencies Bill specifically asked about funding to support the Bill. The results of the public consultation exercise were published in January 2004 and copies are available in the Library.