This snapshot, taken on
, shows web content acquired for preservation by The National Archives. External links, forms and search may not work in archived websites and contact details are likely to be out of date.
The UK Government Web Archive does not use cookies but some may be left in your browser from archived websites.
Essential maintenance work is being carried out on the UK Government Web Archive. This should not affect access, but in the event that it does, we will resolve it as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
Please email if you require any assistance.

Cabinet Office Homepage

Cabinet Office website

Main navigation


Key facts about COBR(A)

COBR(A) is a meeting of the Civil Contingencies Committee, which takes place within the Cabinet Office estate. COBR(A) stands for Cabinet Office Briefing Room (A).

The Committee deals with the UK's emergency response in a national crisis.

It is a meeting of cross–government departments responsible for responding to an emergency.

Depending on the nature of the event different representatives will attend the meeting and advise on contingency arrangements.

In the past year COBR(A) has met to respond to various emergencies including Avian Flu, alleged terrorist plots and the poisoning of the Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.