§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has had from(a) the Fire Brigades Union, (b) local authorities and(c) others in relation to the proposed reduction in the number of fire brigades in Wales. 
§ Mr. Nicholas Baker
The decision to create three brigades in Wales in place of the existing eight was announced in the White Paper "Local Government in Wales: A Charter for the Future" in March 1993. The areas to be included in each brigade were announced in December 1993. Since then my right hon. and learned Friend has received a number of representation from local authority interests and others about the brigade structure in Wales. The Fire Brigades Union has made representations through its membership of the local government review sub-committee of the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council.