HC Deb 10 December 1953 vol 521 cc2167-9
20. Sir G. Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish a list of the officer grades in the fire services now and at 1st April, 1948, and a further list showing the proportion of officers to men in each of the years 1949 to 1952.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Since the answer is long and contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the Official Report.

Following is a list of officer grades for men in the fire service at the present date. The list for 1st April, 1948, is identical: Chief Officer. Assistant Chief Officer. Divisional Officer I. Divisional Officer II. Divisional Officer III. Assistant Divisional Officer. Station Officer. Not all these grades are required in all brigades; the number of grades and the number of officers in each grade is fixed by the establishment scheme for the brigade.
Mr. Nicholson

In reply to a supplementary question which I asked earlier, my right hon. and learned Friend implied that I was attacking the whole fire brigade. Is he aware that we appreciate the work of the fire brigades, but feel that they are overstaffed?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

My hon. Friend has made that clear.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Have not all these Questions been designed to show that the fire service is costing too much? Is it not a fact that we lose many millions of pounds per annum from fires, and that the expenditure is very low in relation to the return?

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