Cila and the ABI are in discussions with the government with a view to developing an insurance industry action plan in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist attack.

The decision to develop a CBRN attack action plan was taken following a recent Cila terrorism forum, which was attended by representatives from the ABI and the Home Office.

One of the key elements of the action plan concerns loss adjusters' rights of access in the event of a CBRN attack.

Deloitte business insurance consulting director and Cila honorary secretary Angus Tucker said: "Cila members will be with the emergency services on the front line."

Tucker added that the CBRN action plan would deal with issues such as "how long before adjusters can assess the damage" at the site of a CBRN attack.

Last week, political risk forecasting firm Exclusive Analysis said that the UK faces an 80%–90% chance of a terrorist attack before May 2005.

Cila will hold its conference and annual general meeting on 22 April.