HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 c357W
Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any statement to make regarding the accident involving injury to Chief Regional Fire Officer Breaks, No. 1 Region, and the death of Mrs. Ethel Corbrick, travelling as a passenger in his car; whether the deceased was a member of the N.F.S., or in what capacity she was travelling; and whether the journey, Newcastle to London and return, was on official business for which a supply of petrol was issued.

Mr. H. Morrison

The proceedings at the inquest show no reason to suggest that blame attached to Mr. Breaks for this unfortunate accident. Mr. Breaks was travelling on official business, but the journey was not one which should have been made by car. I have since received an application by Mr. Breaks to be allowed to tender his resignation. This application from an officer with a long record of gallant service I have felt obliged to accept.