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BBC and City not included in emergency powers bill

Emergency powers to take over the BBC and allow the Treasury to control the financial markets in the event of a large-scale terrorist attack, were missing as the government published its draft civil contingencies bill yesterday. The Cabinet Office yesterday confirmed that after talks with the BBC the decision had been made not to include the broadcasters in the long list of organisations that will have to cooperate with the authorities in such an emergency. The draft legislation published yesterday does, however, extend the official definition under which these powers can be used. For the first time it allows a regional state of emergency to be declared. Full Story

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