HC Deb 25 April 1939 vol 346 cc964-5
59. Mr. Leslie

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has given any consideration to the serious burden imposed on the ratepayers, particularly in rural areas of poverty-stricken districts, as the result of the Fire Brigades Act, 1938; and whether the Government intend to alleviate this burden by grants in aid?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)

The point to which the hon. Member calls attention was not over-looked when the Fire Brigades Bill was before Parliament. It was then decided that the cost of providing any additional fire services required for normal peace-time purposes should fall to be met from the local rates, and my right hon. Friend regrets he can hold out no prospect of any departure from this decision.

Mr. Thorne

Are we to recognise by that answer that, although we have new Ministers, they are working on the same old rails?