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Fire Cover: Northamptonshire and England

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of fire cover for (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England. (236277)

Fire and Rescue Authorities are required by the Fire and Rescue Service National Framework to have in place, and to maintain, Integrated Risk Management Plans which reflect local needs and set out plans to tackle effectively both existing and potential risks to communities.

It would not be appropriate for Ministers to comment on the contents of the IRMP drawn up by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Authority or any other authority. That is the role of elected members of the authority.

Earlier this year Communities and Local Government commissioned a comprehensive research project to look at the adequacy and impact of IRMP on a nationwide basis. A report will be issued shortly.