HC Deb 01 November 1990 vol 178 cc729-30W
19. Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of responses expressed support for his proposal to increase direct charges for officers attending courses at the Fire Service college.

Mr. John Patten

All of the organisations which we consulted naturally wished to see the total cost of courses to continue to be met from central funds. We have gone some way towards meeting their concerns by introducing direct charging in England and Wales over a period of three years. The additional costs which fall to local authorities will be taken into account when decisions are taken about the level of revenue support grant.