Is it not a fact that most fire authorities have allowed this for many years to everyone's satisfaction, and if I can give the right hon. and learned Gentleman examples of cases where fire authorities have taken it upon themselves to ban the use of fire brigade premises for union meetings will he see what can be done about it?
The hon. Gentleman, from his own experience at the Home Office, will appreciate the position of the Home Secretary in these matters. He can only act when it is a matter likely to affect the efficiency of the fire brigade. But if the hon. Gentleman thinks that there are any steps which I can take informally to improve the position, I shall be very glad to consider them.