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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): My honourable friend the Minister for Local Government, John Healey, has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
I can today confirm that the new London Fire Brigade Regional Control Centre will be located at Morden, in the London Borough of Merton. This new control centre will provide a modern, effective control and mobilisation system that will help to protect the public in London, support the London Fire Brigade to save lives and form part of the resilient FiReControl network across England.
Working in close partnership with the Fire and Rescue Service, the FiReControl project is a key part of Communities and Local Government's investment in the Fire Resilience Programme. To be in a position to make this announcement of the location of the London Regional Control Centre is testament to the close partnership working with both LFEPA and the London Fire Brigade in delivering this project.
FiReControl will deliver a resilient network of nine regional control centres (RCCs) which unlike now will be able to back each other up automaticallyincluding during particularly busy timesand to mobilise Fire and Rescue Service resources across England, including new dimension equipment.
We have worked closely with key partners in London to ensure that the best location and developer have been chosen to provide the RCC building, meeting our stretching resilience criteria. Following the EU procurement process, the new London RCC will be developed by a joint venture between Morley Fund Management and Easter Group.
The other eight regional control centres are already under development, and three have already reached practical completion. The national network is becoming operational in three phases and will be fully operational by the end of 2011.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson, has made the following Written Statement.
My departments report on NHS finance and performance at quarter one of 2007-08 indicated that the NHS is on course to deliver a very healthy surplus at the end of the current financial year. This forecast surplus gives flexibility for the NHS at local level to continue to deliver the changes needed to ensure that patients see improvements in both access to, and the quality of, care.
Audited figures, by organisation for each strategic health authority, have been placed in the Library, and will be published today on the departments website at www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/dh_079580 Copies are available to honourable Members from the Vote Office.
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