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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on emergencies and disaster management, including civil defence. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    05.02.2016Police and fire reform 2016
    The Government plans to legislate to enable closer working between police and fire services in England. This paper gives background and summarises the proposals and reactions to them.
    17.01.2013Antarctic Bill - Committee Stage
    The Antarctic Bill is presented as a Private Member's Bill by Neil Carmichael MP. This note sets out the issues discussed in the Bill Committee on 21 November 2012. These included: the timing of the enactment of the provisions relating to the liability annex, compatibility with existing shipping liability provisions, and the wider issue of the future of the British Antarctic Survey.
    17.03.2011Wreck Removal Convention Bill 2010-11
    This note briefly describes the Wreck Removal Convention Bill 2010-11; a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Dr Th&eacuterèse Coffey MP. The Bill provides measures to enable the United Kingdom to ratify and implement the International Convention for the Removal of Wrecks. It would insert new sections and a Schedule into the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
    21.01.2011UK Defence and Security Policy: A New Approach?
    Both the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review were published in October 2010, five months after the Government took office. This paper examines the main priorities and recommendations set out in each of those documents
    14.07.2010FiReControl and the Regionalisation of the Fire Service
    The FiReControl project, involving the closure of local fire control rooms and the establishment of 9 regional control rooms, has been highly controversial. This note covers the background to the reform and recent developments.
    15.01.2004Civil Contingencies Bill (Bill 14 2003/04)
    Civil Contingencies Bill. (Bill 14 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/07.


    16.02.2012Resilience to Natural Hazards in Developing Nations
    In the last 10 years, over 500,000 people have lost their lives and around 1.5 billion people have been adversely affected due to rapid-onset natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami, floods and tropical storms. This briefing discusses the potential for science and technology to enhance resilience to such hazards in developing nations.

    Select Committee Reports

    08.12.2009National security and resilience.
    Defence Select Committee report [Commons]
    05.05.2009The defence contribution to UK national security and resilience.
    Defence Select Committee report [Commons]
    03.03.2009Civil protection and crisis management in the European Union.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House notes with concern the Government's intention to commit approximately 6 billion to a PFI contract to provide Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter services from 2012; ...
    24.11.2009BHOPAL DISASTER
    That this House remembers with sadness and outrage the tragedy that took place in Bhopal, India, resulting from the leak of thousands of tonnes of chemicals in December 1984; admonishes ...
    That this House notes the collision of a large object with the planet Jupiter, causing an impact scar in the Jovian atmosphere the size of the earth; believes it is a matter of scientific ...
    That this House expresses its dismay at the devastating fire which swept down Talbot Square on Clifton Street in the centre of Blackpool on 15 February 2009, gutting the historic 115 ...
    That this House praises all those involved in last week's helicopter ditch in the North Sea; and notes that the professionalism and skilfulness of the pilots and rescue crew especially ...


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    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses