Armed Forces Influenza Pandemic Preparations

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    Commons Hansard: 12 Dec 07, Col.608W

    Armed Forces: Influenza

    Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of an influenza pandemic on the operational capacity of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

    Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The MOD has developed a MOD Pandemic Flu Contingency Plan to capture all the activities which will need to be undertaken across Defence in the event of an influenza pandemic. Regular meetings of the MOD Pandemic Flu Contingency Planning Sub-Group ensure that the potential impact of any pandemic on operations is kept under constant review.

    The precise characteristics and impact of an influenza pandemic will only become apparent as the virus emerges. The armed forces are as vulnerable as the rest of society, so the MOD’s level of preparedness is constantly evolving in line with operational requirements and cross-government (National) influenza contingency preparations.

    Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many representations his Department has received in the last 12 months from (a) members of the armed forces and (b) others on its preparations for a potential influenza pandemic; what the content of those representations was; and if he will make a statement.

    Derek Twigg: None.

    Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the contingency plans for a potential influenza pandemic of (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force; on what dates each was (i) first published and (ii) last updated; and if he will make a statement.

    Derek Twigg: Yes, I have placed a copy of the latest version of the MOD Pandemic Flu Contingency Plan in the Library of the House.* MOD Influenza pandemic planning is defence wide and began in October 2005.

    *[Note: the Paper has not yet been deposited, as of 14.12.07]
    Deposited Papers accessible here
     

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