UK Daily Mail
Monday, July 20, 2009
Swine flu poses a greater threat to Britain than terrorism, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said yesterday.
‘We have been preparing for this for a long time,’ he told BBC1′s Andrew Marr Show.
‘It came above terrorism as a threat to this country, so we had the whole Cobra machinery and inter-agency working. We have gone through simulation exercises where everyone was involved.’
Cobra is the Government’s emergency committee that handles major disasters.
It was reported last night that criminals who have committed minor offences could be handed fines or cautions rather than appear in court under plans to prevent the Crown Prosecution Service being crippled by swine flu.
Crimes which would be dealt with in this manner include theft and low-level drug offences, it was reported last night.
This article was posted: Monday, July 20, 2009 at 3:51 am