§ 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.