Fire services

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on fire services. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
03.02.2015Firefighters pension schemes - current reforms
Looks at the current debate on reforms to firefighters' pensions
15.08.2013Firefighters Pension Schemes -background
This note covers the development of the Firefighters' Pension Schemes and current reform issues
29.05.2013'Public Service Mutuals' and the Fire Service
This note examines the controversy over reports that Cleveland Fire Brigade is proposing becoming a "Public Service Mutual", with Government support.
14.07.2010FiReControl and the Regionalisation of the Fire Service
The FiReControl project, involving the closure of local fire control rooms and the establishment of 9 regional control rooms, has been highly controversial. This note covers the background to the reform and recent developments.
14.05.2009Sprinkler systems in schools
This note provides statistics on the number of fires in schools, and the costs and benefits of sprinkler system installation. It also looks at current regulation governing sprinkler systems in schools.

Research Papers

DateDescription
22.01.2004Fire and Rescue Services Bill (Bill 38 2003/04)
Fire and Rescue Services Bill (Bill 38 of 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/09.
07.05.2003Fire Services Bill (Bill 81 of 2002/03)
Fire Services Bill. (Bill 81 of 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/42.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
14.09.2011The failure of the FireControl project.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
16.03.2010FiReControl.
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee; Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
16.03.2010FiReControl.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
04.02.2010Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009, relating to domestic...
Government response. Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
15.12.2009Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009, relating to domestic...
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
07.02.2012FIRE AT SONAE FACTORY AT KIRKBY
That this House notes with grave concern the further fire at Sonae on26 January 2012; further notes that this is the 22nd occasion on which Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have had ...
22.11.2011AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN BUSINESS PREMISES
That this House is concerned at the risk to firefighters' lives and safety caused by fires in industrial and commercial buildings, as well as the cost of these fires through the loss ...
03.11.2011SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN DOMESTIC PROPERTIES
That this House notes the wealth of evidence showing that sprinkler systems installed in domestic properties reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a fire as well ...
07.09.2011FBU FIRE APPLIANCE DELIVERY FROM DUNDEE TO NABLUS
That this House supports the plan by the Fire Brigades Union in Scotland to drive two retired fire appliances from Dundee to Nablus in the Palestinian territories later in 2011, in ...
18.07.2011ASSETCO
<p>That this House is deeply concerned by the imminent financial collapse of AssetCo, the company which holds the contract to lease and maintain fire appliances and other emergency ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses