Fire Services: Contracts

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend Mr. Hurd of 26 January 2009, Hansard, column 108W, on fire services: contracts, in what Government Office regions contracts have been signed for the regional fire control rooms; and in which Government Office regions and for what services contracts have not been signed.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

All major contracts with third party suppliers have now been signed.

In eight out of the nine Government office regions, regional control centre buildings have been built and leases have been signed. Three of these leases (in the north east, East Midlands and north west regions) have been assigned to the local authority controlled companies which will operate them. It is intended to assign the remaining leases, currently held by my Department, to the relevant local authority controlled company in due course.

In London, where the building is on track to be completed by February 2010, it is intended that the lease will be held by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

The Facilities Management contract has been signed for all the buildings.

There is a single IT contract for FiReControl between my Department and EADS Defence and Security which covers all Government office regions.

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