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Fire Services: Finance

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the (a) capital and (b) operating costs of the FiReControl centre in (i) Durham, (ii) Warrington, (iii) Wakefield, (iv) Castle Donnington, (v) Wolverhampton, (vi) Cambridge, (vii) Taunton, (viii) Fareham and (ix) Morden in each of the next five years. (281216)

Under current planning assumptions, Fire and Rescue Services will begin using the regional control centres from next year in phases until every FRS in England is using the system. The forecast operating costs for the regional control centres prior to FRS ‘cutting over’ are set out in the following table:

Regional control centre

£ per year1

Warrington

2,445,864

Durham

2,332,711

Wolverhampton

2,572,971

Wakefield

2,404,185

Castle Donnington

2,414,024

Cambridge

2,608,184

Taunton

2,431,809

Fareham

2,608,963

Morden

21,607,482

1 The costs in the table provide an indicative full year forecast operating costs for a financial year in advance of 'cut over' occurring.

2 Note, the Morden building is on track to achieve Practical Completion in February 2010 and this figure includes a substantial rent free period. Comparative costs, including full rent would be £3,371,972.

These figures include all accommodation costs, senior management team and other local authority company costs.