Equality Bill

Women and Equality written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Henley of 9 March 2010, Official Report, column 298W, on the Equality Bill, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's correspondence with the fire and rescue service and other appropriate stakeholders.

Photo of Michael Jabez Foster Michael Jabez Foster Parliamentary Secretary, Government Equalities Office

Further to my answer of 9 March 2010, there is no formal correspondence on this issue involving my Department to place in the Library.

My officials have discussed extending the socio-economic duty to all fire and rescue authorities with representatives of the Chief Fire Officers Association, Local Government Association, Fire Brigades Union, UNISON, and other interested parties.

Officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government will be inviting chief fire officers and the chairs of fire and rescue authorities to comment more formally on the proposal in due course.

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