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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 2016.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 12:00 am, 31st October 2016

We are experiencing a cut of over 30% to fire and rescue services funding, with 10,000 jobs lost. Rescues are at an all-time high, with firefighters carrying out, on average, more than 100 rescues per day. Speed is essential when responding, but with fewer firefighters and fewer fire stations, the possibility of a slow response could mean the loss of life. Will the Minister acknowledge that now is the time to invest in the fire and rescue services and stop the reckless cuts—to prioritise saving lives, not saving money?