Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 17 November 2009

New Inquiry and Call for Evidence

New Inquiry and Call for Evidence


The Communities and Local Government Committee has decided to undertake a brief inquiry into the FiReControl programme.

FiReControl is part of the Fire and Resilience Programme, which is reforming the Fire and Rescue Services. FiReControl involves closing the current 46 control centres and replacing them with nine large regional centres.

The Committee will consider:

  • progress with the project so far;
  • the reasons for the cost and time overruns which the project has experienced; and
  • what, if any, changes need to be made to the Government's plans for proceeding with the project.

Memoranda addressing these points should be sent to the Committee at the address below by Friday 8 January 2010. The National Audit Office will shortly be commencing a study of the Department's management of the programme, including its procurement. The Committee's consideration of the subject will be more general and wide-reaching and is not intended to replicate the NAO's inquiry: those intending to submit written memoranda are invited to bear this in mind in preparing their submissions. The Committee expects to hear oral evidence at a single session in early February.

The Committee is inviting written submissions, addressing any or all of the points above, in accordance with the guidelines stated below by Friday 8 January 2009.

Please note

Each submission should:

(a) be no more than 3,000 words in length;

(b) begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

(c) have numbered paragraphs;

(d) be in Word format (no later than 2003) with as little use of colour or logos as possible; and

(e) be accompanied by a covering letter containing the name and contact details of the individual or organisation submitting evidence.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "FiReControl"

If you are unable to send an electronic version, please send a paper copy to the Committee at the address below:

Nicola McCoy
Committee Assistant
Communities and Local Government Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank

It is helpful, for Data Protection purposes, for contact details not to be included in the text of submissions, but sent separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work may be included.
  • Memoranda submitted should be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised. Authorisation to publish your submission, which is normally granted, should be sought from the Committee Clerk.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.