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Fire Services: Standards

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the introduction of national fire standards. (236555)

The Government have no plans to reintroduce national standards of fire cover.

The prescriptive national standards of fire cover were abolished in 2003 with the introduction of integrated risk management planning, enabling Fire and Rescue Authorities to tailor cover for fire and other incidents to local circumstances by evaluating where risk is greatest and allocating resource accordingly.

Decisions made by local politicians and practitioners according to local circumstances are more effective than blanket requirements across the country.