» Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cabinet briefing

Asked to provide detail on the Government’s contingency plans on a fuel tankers driver strike, the PMS said that although all options were being explored, the MOD were currently in discussions with the tanker companies to look at possibilities for military staff being trained on company vehicles. This training would take eight days.

Asked whether the emergency services were stockpiling fuel, or would be given priority in the instance of a shortage of supply, the PMS said that the emergency services would need to function normally and the Government were looking at contingencies.

Asked whether the whole Cabinet was behind the use of the military to distribute fuel, the PMS said that the whole Cabinet were behind the proposal.

Asked whether the Government was satisfied that it was safe to use drivers with only eight days of training, the PMS said that the military drivers would already be holding HGV licenses and the Government were also looking at a range of other options.

Asked whether the Government was satisfied that contingency options being considered would prevent a fuel shortage, the PMS said that if a strike goes ahead there would be some disruption and so the Government did not want to see the strike go ahead.

Asked whether training had already commenced or would commence in the coming days, the PMS said that military training including the training of personnel on HGVs was always ongoing, but the training of personnel on private company tanker equipment had not commenced.

Asked whether the Government would advise the public to fill up their petrol tanks now, the PMS said that people should draw their own conclusions on their access to fuel, but it is important that individuals and companies relying on fuel should have contingency plans in place.

Asked where else the Government could source a large number of drivers to distribute fuel around the country, the PMS said the Government was considering a number of options.

Asked whether there was any discussion on Budget measures at Cabinet, the PMS said that there was not.

Asked which Cabinet ministers had contributed to the discussions on the Growth Agenda, the PMS said that the Education Secretary, Chancellor, Home Secretary and the Minister for the Cabinet Office had contributed.

Asked which departments were involved in the ministerial meetings on fuel, the PMS said that the Department for Transport, Department for Environment Farming and Rural Affairs, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Defence and Home Office were all represented.

Asked whether the Business Secretary had contributed to discussions on growth and visas, the PMS said that he had not discussed visas but had contributed to other discussions.

Asked if there was any discussion of party funding at Cabinet, the PMS said it was discussed briefly at the end of the Cabinet meeting. The PM updates colleagues on measures taken.

Asked if droughts were discussed at Cabinet, the PMS said the Environment Secretary gave an update to ministers.

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