§ 25. Mr. Malcolm MacPherson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of expenditure on fire services is borne by Government grant.
§ Mr. Henderson Stewart
The proportion of approved fire service expenditure borne by Government grant is 25 per cent.
§ Mr. MacPherson
Will the hon. Gentleman say why the proportion is so low, compared with the ordinary local authority services, especially in view of the fact that this, in a very large measure, is a non-localised and almost a national service?
§ Mr. Stewart
This was the proportion settled by the hon. Member's friends when they were in office, and we have merely maintained it. In all the circumstances, I think it is about right.
§ Mr. Woodburn
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many local authorities regret the enthusiasm with which they demanded the return to their administration of the fire services at that period?