HC Deb 03 July 1947 vol 439 c1510
69. Mr. Beverley Baxter

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the removal of fire appliances from Southgate is causing anxiety; and whether he will inquire into the matter.

Mr. Ede

I shall, of course, be prepared to consider any representations which may be made to me on behalf of the Borough of Southgate, but I am sure the hon. Member will appreciate that in present circumstances it is necessary to make all possible economies in manpower which are consistent with efficiency.

Mr. Baxter

Is the Home Secretary aware that in Southgate there are 70,000 people, and the very nature of the constituency means that two or three minutes are of essential importance in preventing fires from becoming conflagrations; and further will the Home Secretary say that, as these fire appliances have now been removed, he will arrange to have a test as to whether or not there is delay, which may bring about very disastrous consequences?

Mr. Ede

Before the fire appliances were withdrawn, every effort was made— and I believe successfully—to ensure that appliances from adjoining neighbourhoods would be readily available if required.