HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 c2077
23. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Home Secretary whether he will avert the disintegration of fire services in rural areas by arranging for the calling-up of part-time Auxiliary Fire Service men to be deferred until the reorganisation of fire brigade services is completed?

Mr. H. Morrison

In view of the general man-power situation, I would not feel justified in pressing for further deferment of the calling-up of part-time members of the Auxiliary Fire Service who have already registered. The review of the man-power requirements of the Fire Service, including those of rural areas, is, however, being pressed forward as rapidly as possible, and I hope that it will be possible to meet the essential requirements of rural areas by means of part-time personnel in reserved occupations or over military age, supplemented, where necessary, by the posting of additional personnel on a whole-time basis.