HC Deb 29 January 1982 vol 16 c446W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, wherever persons who voluntarily undertake dangerous escapades have to call upon publicly financed organisations to rescue them from possible injury or loss of life, he will take whatever steps may be necessary to charge such people the cost to public funds of such rescue activities.

Mr. Brittan

No. I think it is better to leave it to those authorities providing rescue services to decide, in the circumstances of each case, and where appropriate powers exist, whether it would be right to make a charge.