Yes, Sir. I have repeatedly stated that instructions have been given that the standard duty system is not to be introduced, or, if introduced, is not to be maintained at any stations where the accommodation is seriously defective.
I think that that is true. Even in areas where there has been controversy the service have in a large proportion of cases come to like it after it has been experienced.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that a deputation from Yorkshire came to the House and made definite statements and allegations concerning the absence of accommodation such as he has referred to?
I can assure my hon. Friend that I am very anxious to do that. Indeed, I have been visiting fire stations all over the country. We are in difficulties about materials and labour, but we are doing all we can. I am anxious that the men should co-operate by helping themselves to get the work done, and they are doing it.