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Fire Services

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the business case for FireControl. (178661)

The business case for the FiReControl project is a constantly evolving document. Ministers review each version of the business case before its publication and the latest version is 1.0. that was published in June 2007.

The scale and nature of incidents that the Fire and Rescue Service is called upon to respond to has increased over recent years. Climate change, which leads to extreme weather events, and terrorism are already major threats. Planning for the future must reflect this reality: a strategy for replacing current controls is essential and has an important part to play in building resilience; doing nothing is not an option if the public is to be better protected. Accordingly, the Government have taken the lead in achieving this through a collaborative project with the Fire and Rescue Service—FiReControl.