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Fire Services

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the latest estimated date is for when each of the nine regional fire control centres will become operational. (226454)

[holding answer 13 October 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) on 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 541W which set out the timetable for the project. Since then, proposed changes to the hardware solution and issues regarding access to the Airwave infrastructure for testing suggest that some rescheduling of the project may be required. The implications of these points are currently being considered and if timescales do need to change an announcement will be made in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the Regional Controls Centre Physical Access Control and Security Policy for Regional Controls document; and if she will make a statement. (227312)

The regional control centres buildings are part of the Critical National Infrastructure and have been subject to thorough risk assessments in accordance with Government security policy and guidance as well as ISO 27001/17799 best practice and standards. There are no plans to review the guidance material developed that has been issued covering physical access control and security policy for the regional control centres

We are providing support to the local authority controlling companies who manage the regional control centres and who will create their own access control and security policies based on the guidance material.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the savings generated by the 2007 National Review of the FiReControl Project Business Case were allocated, broken down by sub-heading; and if she will make a statement. (227350)

The savings generated in the FiReControl Full Business Case v1.0, which was published in June 2007, are broken down as follows:

£ million

Cost element

Estimated annual operating costs for FiReControl

Current control room annual operating cost estimates










IT Services




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Part 2 of the 2008 National Business Case to be published later this year will provide updated information.