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Fire Services: Public Appointments

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what process will be used to appoint members of the Regional Fire Management Boards. (143542)

It is for Fire and Rescue Authorities to decide the criteria by which representation and appointments will be made, subject to any statutory constraints.

The Department worked closely with the Local Government Association to establish voluntary Regional Management Boards (RMBs) in all English Regions outside London. All were constituted as joint committees under Section 102 (l)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972. Under Section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, a Fire and Rescue Authority’s appointments to a joint committee must reflect an Authority’s political balance where each constituent authority appoints three or more members to the RMB.