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Fire Services: Finance

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to date of the FiReControl project in the (a) South West, (b) South East, (c) East of England, (d) West Midlands, (e) East Midlands, (f) Yorkshire and the Humber, (g) North West and (h) North East regions. (303722)

Estimated costs to date of the FiReControl Project in each of the regions are set out in the following table:

Region

Total by region (£)

(a) South West

13,300,000

(b) South East

9,300,000

(c) East of England

6,400,000

(d) West Midlands

9,700,000

(e) East Midlands

11,600,000

(f) Yorkshire and the Humber

5,200,000

(g) North West

7,400,000

(h) North East

10,300,000

Total

73,200,000

This includes costs associated with the Regional Control Centre buildings up to end of November 2009. It also includes funding provided to Fire and Rescue Authorities and local authority controlled companies for local and regional implementation activity up to the end of financial year 2009-10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department has allocated for the purposes of meeting new burden costs associated with the implementation of regional fire control centres since 2002; and for what activities such funding has been allocated. (305401)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: We are committed to meeting all the upfront costs of implementing the regional control centre network. A total of £68,753,000 has been provided to fire and rescue authorities for implementation of regional control centres. This funding has been allocated in recognition of the costs of all local and regional implementation activities including project management and coordination, transition activities such as data capture and migration and preparation for new ways of working. This includes funding to cover regional control centre staffing and accommodation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the report by Mott McDonald on the (a) Future of Fire Service Control Rooms and Communications in England and Wales, April 2000 and (b) Future of Fire and Rescue Service Control Rooms in England and Wales 2003; what the cost, including value added tax has been of all consultants’ fees in respect of the FiReControl project; what his most recent estimate is of his Department’s total expenditure on such fees in respect of that project; and when he expects all contracts for consultancy services in respect of that project to have ended. (305402)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: The Department does not hold individual figures for the reports referred to at (a) and (b).

Estimated fees reflecting support provided in a range of specialist areas such as procurement, contract management, building services and system development, up to end of October 2009 is £43 million. Current estimates of remaining fees up to the end of 2012 are around £6.2 million. Specialist support is expected to be needed up to various different points in the project and some until the end of the project.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on bonuses paid to officials of his Department who have worked on the FireControl Project team in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (305403)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: Bonuses paid to officials who have worked on the FiReControl Project team in the last three years are

2006-07: £733.00

2007-08: £8,600.00

2008-09:£9,505.00.

These payments have been made in line with the department's pay and reward policy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to each fire authority in each region for the purposes of meeting (a) new burdens and (b) other costs in respect of the FiReControl Project in each year since 2002. (305404)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: All local and regional costs associated with the implementation of FiReControl are met under the New Burdens principle. No funding was provided prior to financial year 2005-06. The following table indicates funding provided to meet local costs:

Transition funding

FY05-06

FY06-07

FY07-08

FY08-09

FY09-10

Avon Fire Authority

31,620

52,986

56,041

57,554

59,108

Bedfordshire and Luton Combined Fire Authority

11,616

76,984

111,904

137,973

115,000

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority

12,002

95,539

135,766

130,338

115,000

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority

11,170

80,367

118,157

183,330

115,000

Cheshire Fire Authority

15,230

93,692

177,393

179,326

117,599

Cleveland Fire Authority

32,153

189,710

272,038

205,473

115,000

Cornwall County Council

28,048

52,986

56,041

57,554

59,108

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority

30,153

142,711

293,546

193,464

115,000

Cumbria County Council

12,998

85,964

128,299

208,472

131,599

Derbyshire Fire Authority

27,997

158,097

613,165

196,803

158,429

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority

58,998

777,606

56,041

1,224,317

715,687

Dorset Fire Authority

29,611

52,986

56,041

57,554

59,108

East Sussex Fire Authority

11,555

92,743

143,631

145,257

120,836

Essex Fire Authority

15,411

92,743

116,762

298,542

232,824

Gloucestershire County Council

29,834

52,986

56,041

57,554

59,108

Greater London Authority (GLA)

64,654

234,150

659,062

876,173

1,551,497

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

25,498

118,093

283,346

299,339

204,279

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority

14,457

112,472

320,891

221,444

243,771

Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority

11,892

148,228

319,276

122,805

115,000

Hertfordshire County Council

11,839

82,413

117,039

183,228

137,428

Humberside Fire Authority

13,904

83,956

123,023

115,000

115,000

Isle of Wight County Council

8,653

87,620

123,409

115,000

115,000

Kent and Medway Towns Fire Authority

15,573

115,410

296,981

355,901

190,302

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority

19,025

99,611

224,957

254,841

153,871

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Combined Fire Authority

28,220

200,111

430,189

124,926

115,000

Lincolnshire County Council

26,657

148,069

525,606

204,480

129,681

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

21,257

103,780

203,857

213,005

139,998

Norfolk County Council

12,063

80,402

114,579

132,616

129,578

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority

12,341

84,736

124,080

131,379

115,000

Northamptonshire County Council

26,211

144,838

269,850

151,421

119,225

Northumberland County Council

28,814

131,634

248,152

190,027

115,000

Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority

27,550

159,421

525,224

182,492

121,750

Oxfordshire County Council

9,993

94,284

143,809

144,164

115,000

Royal Berkshire Fire Authority

12,448

97,139

157,405

117,262

115,000

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority

11,000

137,554

269,128

143,216

115,000

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority

16,136

88,618

170,161

183,101

119,050

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Fire Authority

13,678

161,277

331,031

158,803

115,000

Suffolk County Council

11,616

79,425

115,043

213,955

134,503

Surrey County Council

11,555

104,085

143,551

133,302

116,407

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority

33,948

160,944

388,365

240,983

133,871

Warwickshire County Council

10,553

138,902

256,054

142,717

115,000

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority

9,965

221,473

484,746

370,543

229,542

West Sussex County Council

12,002

98,583

165,744

153,802

128,443

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority

18,815

104,122

315,406

164,911

115,000

Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority

28,718

52,986

56,041

57,554

59,108

The following table indicates funding provided to meet regional costs:

Regional funding (paid to a nominated lead authority)

FY05-06

FY06-07

FY07-08

FY08-09

FY09-10

East Midlands

155,106

135,832

1,694,415

2,698,027

2,557,832

East of England

144,327

135,832

216,551

591,501

1,252,466

North East

152,271

135,832

921,379

2,739,983

2,474,220

North West

150,143

135,832

261,301

1,650,216

2,298,807

South East

154,394

135,832

216,551

1,308,297

1,278,760

South West.

166,737

135,832

256,551

1,891,806

1,749,498

West Midlands

142,199

135,832

301,051

2,160,885

2,030,057

Yorkshire and Humberside

140,215

135,832

216,551

367,693

1,187,080

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) staffing, including civil servants, temporary and agency staff, (b) secondment and (c) travel costs his Department had incurred in respect of the national FiReControl project team on the latest date for which figures are available; and what his most recent estimate is of such costs on completion of the project. (305405)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: The FiReControl project latest figures and recent estimate of the cost of the completion of the project is:

£ million

Costs to November 2009

December 2009 to FY 2013

Total

(a) Civil servant/agency/temporary

24.2

14.3

38.5

(b) Secondment

7

3.3

10.3

(c) Travel and subsistence

1.5

4.8

6.3

Total

32.7

22.4

55.1