§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2002,Official Report, column 1088W, on the fire service, how much money his Department has provided for rescues by the fire service that did not involve a fire in the last three years. 
§ Mr. Leslie
Fire service funding is supported through the standard spending assessment arrangements. Over the period in question, the funding distribution formula has included a factor based on the number of fires, false1016W alarms and calls to road traffic accidents, rail and air incidents, and leaks and spills attended by each brigade. Responses to other types of calls are not counted. Responsibility for setting budgets and the allocation of funds received through these arrangements are a matter for individual fire authorities.