HC Deb 23 January 1997 vol 288 c731W
23. Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received about fire service provisions in Essex. [10571]

Mr. Sackville

We have received a number of such representatives, including two from hon. Members.

Responsibility for the provision of an efficient fire service rests with the local fire authority. My right hon. and learned Friend's approval is required under section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947 when any reduction in the number of fire stations, fire appliances or firefighting posts in a brigade is proposed.