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Fire Services: Finance

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated budgets for the regional emergency control centres for the fire service are; what the original estimated budgets were; and how much was allocated to UK fire services in total for 2007-08. (182386)

[holding answer 25 January 2008]: The current estimated cost of implementing FiReControl in England is approximately £360 million (in 2007-08 prices). The original estimated cost (at 2004-05 prices) was £264 million in England. We currently expect to fund £19 million in 2007-08 of transitional costs in implementing FiReControl in England. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies have responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.