HC Deb 25 November 1999 vol 339 cc175-6W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce the terms of reference of the Inquiry which he is establishing into the machinery for determining firefighters' conditions of service; and who will be undertaking it. [100430]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The terms of reference of the Inquiry areTo consider whether, and if so, what changes need to be made to the present procedures for determining the conditions of service (other than pay) and the working practices of firefighters employed by local authorities' fire brigades so as to secure best value, fairness at work, and effective procedures for the settling of disputes, and to report to the Secretary of State.

The Inquiry will be undertaken by Professor Frank Burchill, Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Keele

Professor Burchill will shortly be writing to interested parties seeking written evidence by 31 January 2000. I have asked Professor Burchill to let me have his report and recommendations by 31 March 2000.