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Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any local authorities have had legal action brought against them on the basis of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes
have been made to provisions for ill-health retirement for firefighters since the Fire Service circular of September 2006. 
The Firefighters' Pension Scheme (England) Order 2006 came into force on 25 January 2007 and gave effect to the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006. Firefighters who have joined the Fire and Rescue Service in England on or after 6 April 2006 are members of this scheme unless they opt out. The ill-health retirement arrangements in this scheme are similar to those in the 1992 scheme and no changes have been made to them since it came into operation.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in (a) Warrington and (b) the rest of Cheshire received home safety advice from Cheshire Fire Service in 2007. 
Information on the number of home fire risk checks and smoke alarm installations undertaken by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for the period October 2007 to March 2008 is not yet available. Similarly, information on the number of home fire risk checks and smoke alarm installations undertaken by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for the Warrington area is not held centrally.
Communities and Local Government has made a total of £26.4 million available to all English fire and rescue services up to 2008, to undertake home fire risk checks and to support further fire prevention work.
Mr. Dhanda: Information on the number of primary fires in England is shown in Table 1 as follows, however statistics on the total number of primary fires in England is only available from 1981 onwards. Prior to this, information on the number of primary fires, in England, is limited to subcategories of primary fire.
|Table 1: Primary fires by location, England, 1978 to 2006( 1, 2) England|
|Primary fires( 3)|
|Total||Dwellings||Other buildings||Road vehicles||Other||Secondary fires||Chimney fires( 3)|
(2) Data collection methods have varied so categories may not be consistent throughout the period.
(3) Figures for primary fires from 1994 are based on sample data weighted to individual FRS totals. They include late call and heat and smoke damage only incidents, which were not recorded prior to 1994.
(4) Includes estimates for incidents not recorded in 1977, 1978 and 1980 during industrial action.
(5) Includes estimates for incidents not recorded in November 2002 and January and February 2003 during industrial action.
(6) Data for 2006 is provisional and subject to change
Figures for 1974 and 1975 are estimates
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