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Fire Services

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a business continuity assessment will be included in the comprehensive area assessment in respect of the fire and rescue service in the next assessment period; and if he will make a statement. (304782)

Effective contingency planning and emergency preparedness by authorities is a performance expectation set out within the Government's National Framework for the Fire and Rescue Service. An assessment of general preparedness in each fire and rescue authority has already taken place as a part of this year's comprehensive area assessment and will be publicly reported on 9 December on the new “oneplace” website.

Further assessment of specific business continuity preparedness will take place as a part of the next period of comprehensive area assessment.