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Explanatory Memorandum to Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006


6.The Department, in screening the implications of its proposals on equality, opened up the issues for discussion as part of its policy consultation and responses were invited from representatives of the Section 75 groups. The consultation has shown that there is recognition of the positive implications of the proposals for equality and there has been no indication that any of the proposed legislative provisions will create problems for any of the groups. The Department will also consider conducting Equality Impact Assessments when exercising its powers in the Order to make subordinate legislation, including the provision in Article 14. In progressing the elements of the wider modernisation programme, which are not provided for in the Order, including the workforce changes and Integrated Risk Management Planning, FANI will assess the equality impacts as appropriate.

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