§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reviews on the future of the Fire Service are in progress; when he will make announcements on them; and if he will make a statement. 214W
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The Government have a continuing programme of work in partnership with fire service and other interests to modernise the fire service, to reduce the incidence of fire and related death, injury and damage and to ensure the safety of the public. Details are set out in the Home Office Annual Report for 2000–01 (Cm 5106). We are also listening to the views of the Fire Community on the wider future of fire services.