§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will accept the decision of the London fire and civil defence authority not to retain a second fire appliance at Battersea fire station. 
§ Mr. Sackville
I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. and learned Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Lady 0. Maitland) on 16 October 1996,Official Report, column 1008. 1 understand from the authority that no such decision has been taken.