HC Deb 04 May 1950 vol 474 cc1877-8
14. Mr. Ian L. Orr-Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will have a survey made of the siting of towing vehicles for trailer fire pumps in the Axbridge Rural District; and, pending the receipt of a report from such a survey, whether he will give instructions that no towing vehicles are to be removed, and that any removed during the last two months should be replaced.

Mr. Ede

No, Sir. This is a matter for the county council, who are the fire authority, but I shall be glad to bring the hon. Member's suggestion to the notice of the county council.

Mr. Off-Ewing

In view of what is happening already in that part of Somerset, could not the right hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the county council to the fact that they are depleting fire cover in a very dangerous manner over a wide area?

Mr. Ede

No, Sir. I have been very careful in his matter and I might be told by the county council that I am going beyond my powers if I did that; but I am sending the comments of the hon. Member to them and I have no doubt they will see his supplementary question.