§ Mr. O'Hara
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking following the recent inspection of the Merseyside fire and civil defence authority in respect of the financial provision for the authority for the remainder of 1993–94, and therefore in subsequent years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Howard
Her Majesty's inspector of fire services is preparing the report of the special inspection of the Merseyside fire brigade which he conducted during the week beginning 5 July. I shall want to consider the implications of the report carefully once it has been completed.