A Civil Contingencies Act Consultation was announced last Thursday by Cabinet office Minister Ruth Kelly.
This is not where the infinite Henry VIII powers of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 which the Government have grabbed for themselves, and, potentially, for future elected diictatorships,under Part 2 of the Act is tempered by publlic consultation, or at least "stakeholder" consuultation.
Unless the various "first responder" organisations have a reasonable ide of what the Emergency Regulations are likely to look like, they cannot plan for emergencies, so it makes sense that some sort of plans should made against various possible disaster scenarios, so that some sort of response can be mounted very rapidly.
Why this consultation process was not completed before the Act was passed is a mystery.
Nevertheless, there are some hugely important questions to be asked of your local authority, police, fire and emergency services, national health trusts etc. etc. with regard to just what planning if any they have done, and how much money , if aany, has been spent on Civil Defence.
There is also the question of exactly what private data and information about you e.g. medical records, internet and telecomms traffic data etc. the "first responders" and the "second responders" will be forced to share with other bodies, without your express permission, for "emergency planning" purposes.
Have a look at:
Consultation Document (.pdf)
Draft Regulations (.pdf)
More consultation documents etc. can be found at on the UK Resilience website
The 12 week consultation period closes on 3rd March 2005.
"A response can be submitted by letter or,
preferably, by e-mail:
Civil Contingencies Act Regulations and Guidance Consultation,
10 Great George Street,