Skip to main content

Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with fire and rescue authorities on their contingency plans in the event of a national firefighters’ strike; and if she will make a statement. (242389)

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 lays down duties for specified “Category 1 responders”, including fire and rescue authorities, to assess, plan and advise in relation to emergencies. For a fire and rescue authority, an emergency includes a period of industrial action. Contingency planning matters are raised from time to time with Ministers and officials by representatives of fire and rescue authorities. No discussions are currently in hand with any individual authority regarding national industrial action.