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Fire Services

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what date the new networked fire control rooms provided by EADS will be in operational use; (207524)

(2) what liability fire and rescue authorities will have for the costs of each regional control centre (RCC) company (a) before and (b) after each RCC becomes operational;

(3) if she will publish the FiReControl project timetable for each (a) Government Office region and (b) fire authority; and on what anticipated dates fire and rescue authorities will become responsible for the operating costs of each regional control centre.

A Regional Control Centre (RCC) becomes operational when the first Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) transfer calls to that RCC. Within a region, FRAs will then cut-over sequentially. The programme is detailed in the following table. All FRAs should have transferred its calls to the RCC network by September 2011.

Prior to cut-over, CLG will meet the running costs. As each FRA cuts over it will meet its share of the costs of running the RCC. How costs are apportioned between FRAs within a region is a matter for each region to decide.

Fire and Rescue Authority

Control room functions cut-over

East Midlands

Derbyshire

October 2009

Leicestershire

January 2010

Nottinghamshire

March 2010

Lincolnshire

May 2010

Northamptonshire

July 2010

North East

Durham and Darlington

January 2010

Tyne and Wear

October 2009

Cleveland

March 2010

Northumberland

March 2010

South West

Somerset

October 2009

Devon

January 2010

Dorset

March 2010

Avon

May 2010

Cornwall

July 2010

Wiltshire

September 2010

Gloucestershire

January 2011

West Midlands

Staffordshire

January 2010

West Midlands

March 2010

Shropshire

May 2010

Hereford and Worcester

September 2010

Warwickshire

July 2010

South East

Hampshire

May 2010

Royal Berkshire

September 2010

Oxfordshire

January 2011

Kent

March 2011

East Sussex

May 2011

Buckinghamshire

Jul 2011

Isle of Wight

September 2011

Surrey

September 2011

West Sussex

July 2010

North West

Cumbria

March 2011

Cheshire

March 2011

Lancashire

March 2011

Greater Manchester

September 2010

Merseyside

January 2011

Yorkshire and Humberside

West Yorkshire

January 2011

South Yorkshire

March 2011

Humberside

May 2011

North Yorkshire

May 2011

East of England

Essex

July 2011

Norfolk

September 2011

Cambridge and Peterborough

May 2011

Hertfordshire

September 2011

Bedfordshire and Luton

July 2011

Suffolk

July 2011

London

London

November 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what effect she estimates the FiReControl project will have on the council tax precept on individual fire and rescue authorities over the next three years; (207525)

(2) what funding has been set aside by her Department to finance any new burden costs associated with the implementation of regional control centres;

(3) what liability or financial burden fire and rescue authorities will bear for any cost overruns in delivery of the FiReControl project;

(4) what changes will be made to the funding of fire and rescue authorities as a consequence of the FiReControl project.

The FiReControl Project should have no impact on council tax precepts for Fire and Rescue Authorities. In line with the Government's commitment on new burdens, a specific grant of £92,200,000 has been allocated to cover the net additional cost to Fire and Rescue Authorities of the FiReControl Project over the period of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007. Any cost overruns in the delivery of the project will be met by Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the cost of ensuring that planned accommodation moves as part of the FiReControl project comply with critical national infrastructure requirements. (207530)

The new FiReControl network will be part of the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). This includes buildings, facilities management arrangements, IT and people. This has always been a requirement of the project and no separate assessment has been made of the cost of meeting requirements for individual components.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the FiReControl business case will next be updated. (207531)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson), on 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1631W.