§ 32. Mr. P. Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the death of Fireman Hill in the execution of his duty in attempting to rescue a cat in a tree near Albert Road, Sheffield, he will institute immediate inquiries into the duties of firemen for the purpose of putting some limitation on the risking of life in the helping of distressed animals.
§ Mr. Ede
It is, I believe, generally recognised that humanitarian services of this kind are incidental to a fireman's calling, but I agree with the hon. Member that firemen should not be expected to take any undue risk in performing such functions. I have no authority to give any directions to fire authorities on the 1462 matter, but I am drawing their attention to it, and inviting them to consider whether they should issue any orders to the brigades for which they are responsible.