HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c114W
Mr. McKelvey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will outline his plans to deal with emergencies which may occur if the Scottish firemen extend industrial action in pursuit of their wage claim.

Mr. Rifkind

By statute, local fire authorities are responsible for providing fire cover in their areas. Contingency plans exist under which, should the need arise, they may obtain help to maintain emergency fire cover through the provision of fire-fighting appliances held by my Department, together with servicemen to operate them. These arrangements have been made known to fire authorities.