32. Mr. Ian L. Orr-Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will reconsider his refusal to agree to the retention of towing vehicles for trailer fire pumps in the parishes of Banwell, Wrington and Blagdon in the Axbridge rural district, in view of the fact that the Somerset County Council had proposed to retain them.
While I am glad to have that answer, may I ask the Home Secretary whether he will look into the answer he gave me on 4th May when he said this was entirely a matter for the county council and that he was not responsible, whereas on 3rd January of this year he had refused the request of the county council that such vehicles should be supplied in these villages?
Would the Home Secretary look into the manner in which he was misinformed—I am sure it was not done deliberately—on 4th May and which led to his giving an answer which, on reconsideration, I think he will agree was very misleading?