Skip to main content

Fire Services: Working Hours

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent meetings she has had on the Working Time Directive in respect of retained firefighters from (a) the Fire Brigades Union, (b) the Retained Firefighters Union and (c) other stakeholders; what representations she has received in each case; and if she will make a statement. (259219)

There have been no recent meetings at ministerial level with (a) the Fire Brigades' Union, (b) the Retained Firefighters' Union or (c) other stakeholders at which the working time directive in respect of firefighters working a retained duty system has been discussed. Written representations about the potential impact on firefighters working a retained duty system of losing the opt-out have been received from the Retained Firefighters' Union, MPs and MSPs.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1076W.