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Working Time Directive

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to fire authorities and fire brigades on the Working Time Directive and retained fire fighters. (95874)

The Department issued guidance to the Fire and Rescue Service on Working Time Regulations in April 2004. The guidance was drawn up with advice from HM Fire Service Inspectorate and the Health and Safety Executive. Clear reference is made in the guidance where specific arrangements are required to be made by Fire and Rescue Authorities for Retained Duty System personnel.

Separate central guidance has not been issued regarding retained duty system firefighters. All members of fire and rescue service staff whether uniformed or not are subject to these regulations.