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Fire Service (Dispute)

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take against the striking firemen operating and reporting from an unauthorised radio transmitter without a licence from a concealed location in London.

It is not clear to which incident the Question refers, but I understand that any difficulties arising from the unauthorised use of Fire Service radio equipment in London have now ceased, following measures taken by the fire authorities. The responsibility for ensuring that there is no unauthorised use of the equipment rests with the fire authority.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, as a means of resolving the firemen's dispute, he will arrange for them to receive tax free transport or allowances to and from their homes and place of work on a similar basis to that enjoyed

Number of postsGradeSalary for the grade (excluding pay supplements and any allowances)
(a) General staff at H.Q. and at the Fire Service Staff and Technical Colleges
1Assistant Under-Secretary of State£12,000
2Assistant Secretary£8,650–£11,000
6Principal£5,680–£7,450
3Senior Executive Officer£4,900–£5,900
17Higher Executive Officer£3,900–£4,700
15Executive Officer/Administration Trainee£1,885–£3,670
29Clerical Officer£1,200–£2,540
18Clerical Assistant£20·45–£37·30 per week
10Personal Secretary£2,030–£2,660
9Typist£20·25–£40·50 per week
Number of postsGradeSalary for the grade (excluding pay supplements and any allowances)
(b) Fire Service Inspectorate
1Chief Inspector£11,847*
7Inspector I£9,228–£9,911*
8Inspector II£6,978–£7,491*
1Engineering Inspector (P.P.T.O.)£6,280–£7,450
20Assistant Inspector£5,358–£5,747*
1Water Inspector (P.T.O. 1)£4,720–£5,930

by senior civil servants, Ministers, including junior Ministers and Members of the House of Lords.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department who has answered emergency calls not involving fire but usually attended by firemen since the commencement of the firemen's strike; and how many such calls there have been.

1,575 emergency incidents other than fires had been attended up to 1800 hours on 24th November by police, troops and firemen who were still working, etc. More detailed information is not available.