Fire Services

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of all valid operational guidance issued to fire and rescue authorities.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department is currently in the process of reviewing all operational guidance issued to the fire and rescue service. As it is likely that this project will result in the review, re-issue or withdrawal of some of the considerable body of existing guidance, it is my view that placing all operational guidance in the Library now would not be a good use of resources. Recently issued Operational Guidance for the Fire and Rescue Service is available on the Communities and Local Government website, and a substantial proportion of older guidance such as Fire and Rescue Service Manuals is available from the Stationery Office. In the medium term, I would see guidance being made available electronically and, as this is of an operational nature, I have no plans to place this in the Library.

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