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Fire Brigades (Cover)

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the review of the national recommended minimum standards of fire cover which has been undertaken by the central fire brigades' advisory councils for England and Wales and for Scotland.

Table 1
Juveniles and vulnerable adults║ recorded as missing from outside the Metropolitan police district including overseas + including those outstanding from previous year‡
United Kingdom other than MPD, and overseasNumber of persons*
Under 1414–1718+TotalUnder 1414–1718+Total
* The same person may be reported missing more than once.
+These figures are not comprehensive because other forces are not required to report to the Missing Persons Bureau cases of missing juveniles and do not report to the bureau cases relating to non-vulnerable adults.
‡Persons recorded as missing at the end of the year plus those traced or identified during the year.
║"Vulnerable adults" include the elderly, the sick and those whose manner of disappearance gave cause for special concern
¶The figures for 1984 may have been increased by improved procedures for recording those missing for only a short period.

A joint committee of the central fire brigades' advisory councils began a review of the recommended minimum standards of fire cover and of the requirements of special emergency and other services in July 1981. The committee's review was completed in November 1984 and its report was subsequently presented to the advisory councils. The principal recommendations are that the current minimum standards should not be changed but that fire authorities should review the categorisation of the risk of fire in their areas in the light of guidance contained in the report. The advisory councils have endorsed the report's recommendations and so now do I and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. Accordingly, the report, a copy of which has been placed in the Library, is being sent to fire authorities today together with a circular commending its recommendations to them. In addition, my right hon. Friend arid I have asked our fire service inspectorates to be ready to assist fire authorities in achieving consistency in application and to monitor how individual fire authorities carry out the recommendations in their areas.