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Fire Service College

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the net cost to the public purse of the Fire Service College is; and whether an assessment has been made of the potential for increasing its commercial revenue. (288826)

In 2008-09 the expenditure of the Fire Service College was £23.840 million, which it funded from £21.579 million income and £2.261 million reserves. It was unable to pay the required dividend (net of loan interest) of £1.521 million.

Over the past year the Department and College management team have jointly carried out a detailed review of all aspects of the College’s business to determine how it could continue to meet the training and development needs of the Fire and Rescue Service on a financially sustainable basis. This review looked at building College income through growing current market share and developing new public and private sector markets and products and concluded that financial sustainability could be achieved in 2010-11.