§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has as to the numbers of civilians employed in fire service control rooms in (a) London and (b) Leicestershire and as to the different rates of pay involved for each scale.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The number and grades of control room staff in London and Leicestershire fire brigades are:
London (as at 31.7.85) Number Principal Controller 1 Senior Controller 1 Area Controllers 13 Control Officer I 15 Control officer II 25 Control Officer III 117 Assistant Group Officer 1 173
Leicestershire (as at 1.1.86) Number Group Fire Control Officer 1 Fire Control Officer 1 Senior Fire Control Operators 4 Leading Fire Control Operators 4 Fire Control Operators 9 19
The current rates of pay of control room staff were promulgated in circulars issued by the national joint council for local authorities' fire brigades (on which the Government are not represented) on 7 November 1985. Copies are in the Library.
These rates do not apply in London. I am making inquiries about control staff salaries in the London fire brigade for which the GLC is responsible and my noble Friend will write to my hon. Friend.