ODPM Press Notice

Session 2002-03  16 October 2003


The Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions will be hearing evidence for its inquiry into The Fire Service on the 21st October:

All times are approximate

Tuesday 21 October


Greater Manchester County Fire Service

Barry Dixon, County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Fire

Russ James, Brigade Training Officer 

Kent Fire Brigade

Peter Coombs, Chief Executive and Chief Fire Officer Kent Fire Brigade

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) 

Val Shawcross, Chair of LFEPA

Ken Knight, Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning, LFEPA


Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Friends of Merseyside Fire Service

Anthony McGuirk, Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire Service

and Trustee of Friends of Merseyside Fire Service

Loop Customer Management Limited - Fire Service Direct

Cheshire Fire Service

Steve McGuirk, Chief Fire Officer Cheshire Fire Service


South West Forum of Fire Authorities

Mick Howell, Chief Fire of Cornwall Fire Brigade and Secretary of SW Forum of Fire Authorities

Jeremy Hilton, Councillor for Gloucester Fire Authority

Local employer of Retained Fire fighters

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee, in a Committee Room at the House of Commons.  Those wishing to attend the meeting should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearing.

 If you would  like a copy of any House of Commons publications, and did not submit written or oral evidence to the relevant inquiry, then you may purchase them from The Stationery Office, General enquiries tel no.0870 600 5522, or access them via the Committee homepage on the Internet http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/odpm.cfm

Contact: Libby Preston, Second Clerk 0207 219 3290