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Content published before December 2016

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.

Commons Briefing Papers

27.05.2016Should Fire and Rescue Services have a statutory duty to deal with flooding?
The Fire Brigades Union is campaigning for a statutory duty for firefighters to attend floods. There is an online petition, and the issue has been debated in Parliament. This Briefing Paper sets out the background and the arguments.
22.04.2016Policing and Crime Bill: Committee Stage Report
The Policing and Crime Bill is due to have its report stage and Legislative Grand Committee on 26 April 2016. This Briefing Paper provides an overview of the debate so far.
02.03.2016Commons Library analysis: Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16
The Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16 has its second reading on 7 March 2016. It includes provisions covering collaboration between police and fire services; reforms to the police complaints and discipline systems; new safeguards for pre-charge bail; powers for police staff and volunteers; and changes to firearms law. This briefing analyses the Bill and the policy background, and provides some relevant comment.
15.02.2016Fire services funding in England
This briefing paper sets out the structure of fire and rescue authorities in England, details the sources of their funding and the cuts since 2010, summarises the reports of Sir Ken Knight and the NAO and discusses reaction to the proposal for much greater collaboration between fire and police services.
05.02.2016Police and fire reform 2016
The Government plans to legislate to enable closer working between police and fire services in England. This paper gives background and summarises the proposals and reactions to them.
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.

Lords Library Notes

25.01.2016Armed Forces Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Armed Forces Bill.

Select Committee Reports

14.09.2011The failure of the FireControl project.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee; Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
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

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses