HC Deb 07 March 1944 vol 397 c1876
66. Mr. McLean Watson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what complaints he has received showing the resentment felt in the N.F.S. as a result of criticisms reflecting upon the quality and efficiency of the service in Dundee; and what action he is taking to allay this resentment and to restore public confidence in the N.F.S. in that city.

Mr. Johnston

My attention has been directed to Press reports of a statement made by a member of the Lord Provost's Committee of the Corporation of Dundee reflecting upon the quality of the Fire Service personnel, and I have received representations showing that resentment has been aroused in the service as a result. My inspectors and I have every confidence in the general efficiency of the National Fire Service in Scotland and I hope that this assurance will remove any misapprehension resulting from the statement referred to in the Question.

Mr. Watson

Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to any instance in which any branch of the N.F.S. has failed to carry out its duties efficiently?

Mr. Johnston

No, Sir.