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Fire Services

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to fire and rescue authorities on the conduct of their duties in relation to the requirements of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. (310293)

Fire and Rescue Service Circular 6/2008, issued on 29 January 2008, informed fire and rescue authorities of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (the Act), in particular the exception in section 6 of the Act and the limits of that exception as it applies to the Fire and Rescue Service.

The circular explains that Communities and Local Government cannot give a definitive legal ruling on the application of the Act to fire and rescue services—that is a role that only the courts can fulfil—and suggests that fire and rescue authorities may wish to seek their own legal advice.