Royal Assent for Fire and Rescue Services Bill.(Parliamentary Roundup)

The Fire and Rescue Services Bill has received Royal Assent placing on a statutory footing activities the Service has taken on over the last 50 years since the previous legislation was put in place--the Fire Services Act 1947. These include rescue from road traffic accidents, responding to serious environmental disasters and the new terrorist threat.

The Fire and Rescue Services Act will drive forward the government's modernisation agenda to create a 'modern and efficient Fire and Rescue Service'. Commenting on the historic event Fire Minister Nick Raynsford said: "This new Act, along with publication of the first Fire and Rescue National Framework and a generous settlement for fire and rescue authorities announced in the 2004 Comprehensive Spending Review, provides the leadership, resources and modern statutory framework we promised to provide. It is now up to fire and rescue authorities to deliver. …

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