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Industrial Fire Brigades (Uniform)

Volume 390: debated on Thursday 3 June 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the result of his consultation with the Minister of Production with regard to the issue to members of industrial fire brigades of suitable uniform clothing and boots on the same terms as are already given to members of the National Fire Service; and, if not, when it is likely that a decision will be made?

I regret that I am not yet in a position to add anything to the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend on 17th March last. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Production has been giving very full consideration to the whole question of uniform supplies, but, as my hon. and gallant Friend will realise, the supply position is becoming more difficult as time goes on.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that men discharged for inefficiency from works fire brigades and joining the N.F.S. at once get a full issue of uniform, while the only issue available to industrial fire brigades on payment is made of cotton twill which is quite unsuitable?

I do not think I should be disposed to accept the assumption on which that question is based.

If I bring a definite case before the right hon. Gentleman where such a thing has happened, will he look into it?