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Fire Services: Equal Opportunities

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether participation in the Fire Service High Potential Development Programme is part of the programme of enhanced diversity targets agreed between his Department and fire and rescue services; and if he will make a statement. (296522)

Participation in the pilot High Potential Leadership Programme is a voluntary commitment by a limited number of fire and rescue services. The Fire and Rescue Service Equality and Diversity Strategy 2008-18 recognises the part that such a programme can play in ensuring that equality and diversity are fully integrated into all aspects of the service. The programme is not, however, linked to the more stretching targets agreed between the Department and fire and rescue services.