HC Deb 17 April 1972 vol 835 c31
33. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many firemen are employed by the British Airports Authority.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

This is a matter for the British Airports Authority.

Mr. Bidwell

Is the Minister aware that there is a proposed reduction in fire-fighting staff at airports arising from the introduction of new foam-producing fire fighting equipment? Apart from the concern that there must always be at any such news of a reduction in fire-fighting staff, will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this depletes the number of personnel who might be available for rescue work? Will he look at this matter more deeply, in the public interest?

Mr. Heseltine

The question of safety is one for the Civil Aviation Authority and I have no doubt that the Authority will be bear this matter very much in mind.