§ Mr. Sharp
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has taken place in the discussions as to the degree of delegation of fire service duties within county areas; and whether he is satisfied that the county council of the West Riding of Yorkshire is suited for the operation of a fire service in that party of the county from which the county boroughs have been excluded.
§ Mr. Ede
I appreciate the importance of the point raised by my hon. Friend, but I am not yet in a position to say what provision the Fire Service Bill (which I hope shortly to introduce) will contain for enabling local authorities to deal with it. Pending the introduction of the Bill and subsequent discussion with the local authorities concerned, I cannot express any opinion as to what may prove to be the best arrangements in the West Riding of Yorkshire.