§ Mr. Evennett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has regarding the steps taken by the London fire brigade to implement recommendations 30 and 31 of the Fennell report.
§ Mr. John Patten
I am informed by London fire brigade that it has reviewed and strengthened its instructions and training arrangements for command and control on the fireground at both junior and senior officer level. The brigade has also completed its review of protective clothing. As a result, a new fire tunic is currently being introduced; provision of the new tunic should be completed by the end of June. In addition, new improved gloves are being purchased, the delivery of which is expected before the end of March.