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Critical infrastructure probe

The ICE is preparing to hold hearings for the first of its new inquiry-style State of the Nation reports on defending critical infrastructure.

The hearings will focus on the four key areas of waste, water, energy and transport.

They will provide an opportunity for ICE experts to quiz senior representatives from some of the major players in the industry.

Oral evidence presented at the hearings, with written evidence, will then feed into a report which will be used to help the ICE work up its recommendations. Organisations lined up to appear before the panel include: Water UK, Severn Trent Water, the Meteorological Office, the Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and London Travel Watch.

ICE head of policy Andrew Crudgington said: “We’ve had a great response so far to our call for evidence, receiving over 40 written submissions from a wide variety of key organisations. “The next stage will give our expert panel the opportunity to question in person relevant industry representatives and probe further into issues affecting the security of our national infrastructure.”

The ICE said events such as the floods of 2007 and the terrorist attacks on the London Underground in 2005 have highlighted how a single event can have a wide impact across several infrastructure networks. 

The inquiry will consider the effects of manmade and natural events on the nation’s health, security and economic well-being.

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