HC Deb 12 May 1961 vol 640 c88W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the Essex Fire Brigade is under strength; in which divisions and stations there are shortages; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The establishment and strength of the Essex Fire Brigade on 9th May, 1961, was as follows:

Whole-time Part-time
Establishment Strength Establishment Strength
1,057* 875 547 535
* Includes 45 authorised posts not yet required.

I am sending my hon. Friend details for each division and station. I am informed that there has been a net gain of fifty-two whole-time firemen in the last twelve months and that the present deficiency is mainly due to a substantial increase in establishment last year.