Police and Crime Commissioners: Fire and Rescue Services

Home Office written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Karen Lee Karen Lee Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Fire)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when accepting Police and Crime Commissioner’s applications to take over the fire service, whether his Department makes an economic assessment of the merits of the merger.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 introduced measures enabling PCCs to submit proposals to the Home Secretary to take on responsibility for the governance of fire and rescue in their area. The Government is clear that this does not entail a takeover of the fire service by police. The important distinction between operational policing and fire-fighting will be maintained.

The Secretary of State can only make an order transferring governance to a PCC if it appears to him that it would be in the interests of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, or public safety, to do so. The Secretary of State cannot approve a proposal where a transfer of governance would have an adverse effect on public safety. Part of this assessment involves consideration of the economic basis of the proposal.

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