§ 33. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Prime Minister, having regard to the character of the warfare waged by Germany and the possibility of fires in London on an unusual scale, whether the Government have considered during the Whitsuntide Recess the disadvantages incident to the administration of the fire brigade by the committee of the London County Council; and whether they will arrange for control under a single head for all purposes of discipline and administration working in close conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and amalgamated with outlying fire brigades?
This question was put down before Whitsuntide, and has no reference to the recent raid.
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The present time is not opportune for any change in the constitution of the Fire Brigade authorities of the Metropolis. The possibility of fires on an unusual scale breaking out in London has been the subject of careful consideration, and was discussed at a recent conference by the Commissioner of Police and the heads of the London County Council Fire Brigade and of the Brigades of the Metropolitan area outside the Administrative County, with a view to securing the effective co-operation of all in the event of such a contingency.