COMMONS

Knight Review of the Fire and Rescue authorities in England

Inquiry Status: No further evidence being taken at this stage.

The Committee is investigating Sir Ken Knight’s review of the Fire Service: Facing the Future (published in May 2013), focussing on its recommendations and the subsequent implications, if accepted by the Government.The review was requested by the Government, ‘to review the ways in which fire and rescue authorities may deliver further efficiencies and operational improvements without reducing the quality of front-line services to the public [and to] examine options for savings both within and beyond the current Spending Review period.’

The Committee called for written evidence and has received oral evidence from Sir Ken Knight and Local Fire Authorities.

On 15 July 2014 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made a written ministerial statement on the fire and rescue services. He said that the Government would “seek to build on Sir Ken [Knight]’s findings”, and he announced a “further independent review of the conditions of service for all fire and rescue staff and the way in which they are negotiated and decided.” In these circumstances and given the time that has elapsed since evidence was taken, the Committee has decided to take no further evidence at this stage and to await the outcome of the review. Subject to the publication of the review and if parliamentary time allows, the Committee may be able to return to the issue before the end of the Parliament.

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Relevant Previous Inquiries

The Committee held a post-appointment hearing with Peter Holland CBE, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer in May 2013

The Committee held an oral evidence session on the funding of fire and rescue services in July 2012

Related information

Current parliamentary material available on fire services including: select committee reports; briefing papers and Early Day Motions.