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'Civil servants accountable' fire service plan failure

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A parliamentary committee concluded this week that the last Labour government's plan to reorganise the fire service in England ended in "complete failure" and cost the taxpayer half a billion pounds. Lord Prescott was responsible for the project, but said on this programme yesterday that it was partly the fault of the civil servants running the department. Sir Richard Mottram former permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office, gives his view.


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