§ Mr. Pike
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what incidents would be considered by his Department to be covered by the term "special service incidents"; what information he has on the total cost to fire brigades for attendance at such calls for the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
Special service incidents are those attended by fire brigades for purposes other than fire-fighting purposes. It is not possible to distinguish between resources which are available for the purpose of fighting fires, and those which are available to respond to special service calls. As a consequence, it is not possible to provide information on the cost to fire authorities of attending special service calls.