Fire and Rescue Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 30 April 2012.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Labour, Bolton West 2:30, 30 April 2012

Two hundred firefighter posts are being lost in Greater Manchester, but Cheshire and Essex are getting a 2% increase in their budgets. As there is a greater risk of fire, civil disturbances and industrial incidents—and in my constituency motorway incidents as well—in the metropolitan boroughs, how can the Minister possibly justify such a huge cut to the metropolitan authorities and an increase to the leafy counties?