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Oil Depot Blast Sparks Review of Contingencies Planning

Magazine article Public Finance

Oil Depot Blast Sparks Review of Contingencies Planning

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The Cabinet Office has ordered an urgent review of the UK's civil contingencies planning following a report on the Buncefield oil depot blast, which revealed widespread public confusion about ministerial responsibilities after major incidents.

In response to the report, the Cabinet Office, which houses the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, has promised 'as a matter of urgency, to look in detail at the recommendations and consider its response'.

Government sources said the review could also help to clarify the role of government bodies and agencies in the wake of this summer's floods across England.

The study, by the independent Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board, set up after the blast in

Hertfordshire in December 2005, was published on July 17.

It calls on central government, local authorities, public agencies and the emergency services to improve their co-ordinated response to the initial emergency - and to have clearer guidelines about the longer-term return to normal local services following a major incident. …

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