§ Mr. Wareing
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the meeting between his Minister of State, the noble Lord Caithness, and the all-party delegation representing the Merseyside fire and civil defence authority on Wednesday 18 November.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
At the request of the Merseyside fire and civil defence authority my noble Friend the Minister of State met a delegation from the authority on 18 November to receive representations in support of its application for a redetermination of their 1988–89 expenditure level. We shall take into account the matters raised at this meeting together with other relevant considerations when coming to a decision on the authority's application.