§ Mrs. Lawrence
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the report of the inquiry into the machinery for determining firefighters' conditions of service. 
§ Mr. Straw
I announced in the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Colne Valley (Kali Mountford), on 12 April 2000,Official Report, column 226W, that I had received professor Burchill's recommendations and was consulting upon them. 1 very much welcomes his proposals for improving the working of the National Joint Council for Local Authorities' Fire Brigades and the positive reaction there has been to them. I have now arranged for the report of the inquiry to be published today as a Command Paper and for copies to be placed in the Library. I am asking for further comments from interested parties on the detail of the report and its recommendations to reach me by the end of this month.