National Fire Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

asked the Home Secretary whether he will repeal the new regulations in the National Fire Service involving different shifts and different time off, as they have met with so much opposition?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No new regulations have been issued, but I have informed the representatives of the trade unions concerned that I propose to institute a standard system of duty in the National Fire Service as soon as practicable. I have fully considered the whole question, including the objections which have been raised, but I have come to the conclusion that it is necessary to adopt the proposed duty system which is already in force over a large part of the country, on operational considerations which must be paramount.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Will the Minister receive a deputation on this matter?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

We are in frequent consultation with the Trades Union Joint Consultative Committee, of which the Fire Brigade Union are a part, and it is always open to them to make representations.