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Fire Services

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed fire service personnel there were in each (i) fire brigade and (ii) region in each year since 2000. (267513)

These data are published annually in the Fire and Rescue Service Operational Statistics Bulletin and can be found on the Department's website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/fire/researchandstatistics/firestatistics/firerescue/

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost has been including value added tax and expenses, of consultants working on the FireLink Project since the start of the project. (267514)

For the period August 2002 to February 2009 the cost of consultant services for the FireLink project has been £36.88 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetables are for the implementation of the data capture and migration toolkit in each fire brigade in each region; and if she will make a statement. (267515)

The first part of the data capture and migration toolkit was rolled out to those Fire and Rescue Services who requested it by the end of February 2009 (some 40 fire brigades in total). The next phase of the data capture toolkit is under development and will be released later this year, in discussion with the Fire and Rescue Services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current planned date is for each fire brigade to cut over to each regional control centre; and if she will make a statement. (267516)

I refer to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) on 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 248-50W, setting out the revised cut over schedule.