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Emergency Services Network


The Home Office’s Emergency Services Network (ESN) programme was launched in 2015 to replace Airwave, the critical mobile network for emergency services such as police, fire and rescue, and ambulance to communicate with each other.

In 2019, following significant delays, the Home Office reset the programme to introduce the new technology incrementally, extending the timetable for turning off Airwave from 2020 to 2022.

In 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority opened an investigation into the communication services provided by the Airwave network.

Based on the NAO investigation into the Emergency Services Network the Committee will question senior Home Office officials on current progress and the main risks the programme faces now.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by 23:59 on Thursday 20 April 2023.

Please have a look at the requirements for written evidence submissions and note the Committee cannot accept as evidence material that has been published elsewhere. 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 20 April 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Sixty-Fourth Report - The Emergency Services Network
Inquiry Emergency Services Network
HC 1006
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Sixty-fourth report from Session 2022-23
HC 1006
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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26 April 2023
Inquiry Emergency Services Network
Witnesses Home Office, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Ambulance Radio Programme, and National Police Chiefs Council
Oral Evidence
27 March 2023
Inquiry Emergency Services Network
Witnesses Home Office, Home Office, Home Office, and Home Office
Oral Evidence
National Police Chief's Council (ESN0001)

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