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Fire Service

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1)what (a)appeal system and (b)independent body is available to local people in the event of a proposal to close a fire station following the repeal of section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947; and if he will make a statement; [103391](2)what measures the Government has in place to ensure effective local consultation following the repeal of section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947 with respect to the fire service. [103390]

A fire authority is under a general duty under Best Value legislation to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This includes a requirement to consult locally about how to fulfil this duty. HM Fire Service Inspectorate will continue to monitor the performance of fire authorities in providing effective fire cover arrangements.Draft guidance to fire authorities on the need to consult local communities about significant changes in fire cover following the proposed repeal of part of section 19 was placed in the Libraries of both Houses on 5 March. This draft guidance is being circulated to a wide range of stakeholders for comments.