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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
    • Lords Library Notes: 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.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Police and Crime Commissioners
Published Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0038
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on whether Her Majesty’s Government plan to establish a review of the role and responsibilities of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Fire safety and sprinkler systems
Published Friday, March 8, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0065
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 9.30-11am on fire safety and sprinkler systems. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Sir David Amess MP.
Effect of reductions in funding to police, fire and rescue services
Published Friday, February 15, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0043
A Westminster Hall debate on the effect of reductions in funding to police, fire and rescue services will be held on Wednesday 20 February from 9.30am. The Member opening the debate is Grahame Morris MP.
Mental health support for firefighters
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0277
A Westminster Hall debate on Mental health support for firefighters is scheduled for Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Emma Dent Coad MP.
Proposed new integrated risk management plan for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Published Monday, November 26, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0264
A Westminster Hall debate on the Proposed new integrated risk management plan for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is scheduled for Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Mary Glindon MP.

Topic: Fire services

Product safety and fire risk in residential premises
Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0204
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 November from 2.30-4pm on product safety and fire risk in residential premises. The debate will be opened by Jim Fitzpatrick MP.
Policing and Crime Bill - Lords Amendments
Published Monday, January 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7789
The Policing and Crime Bill will return to the Commons for consideration of Lords Amendments on 10 January 2017. This paper looks at the main amendments, and briefly summarises the debate on them.
Should Fire and Rescue Services have a statutory duty to deal with flooding?
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7605
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.

Topic: Fire services

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee Stage Report
Published Friday, April 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7563
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.
Commons Library analysis: Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7499
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.
Fire services funding in England
Published Monday, February 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7482
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.
Police and fire reform 2016
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7494
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.
Armed Forces Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 25, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0005
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Armed Forces Bill.
Police and Fire Shared Services
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0087
A Westminster Hall debate on shared services between police forces and fire services has been scheduled for Tuesday 3 November 2015 at 1430hrs. The member in charge of the debate is Amanda Milling.
Debate pack: Fire safety measures in schools
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0079
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on fire safety measures in schools to be held on Thursday 22 October 2015 at 3pm in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Sir David Amess. Debate packs are produced quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for MPs on request to the Library.
Firefighters pension schemes - current reforms
Published Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06585
Looks at the current debate on reforms to firefighters' pensions
Firefighters Pension Schemes -background
Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN03260
This note covers the development of the Firefighters' Pension Schemes and current reform issues
“Public Service Mutuals” and the Fire Service
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06590
This note examines the controversy over reports that Cleveland Fire Brigade is proposing becoming a "Public Service Mutual", with Government support.
FiReControl and the Regionalisation of the Fire Service
Published Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN03766
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.
Sprinkler systems in schools
Published Thursday, May 14, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05070
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.

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