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Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the numerical strength of the retained or part-time firemen as a percentage of each of the total firefighting personnel in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex, respectively.

The number of retained firemen as a percentage of the total operational strengths of the fire brigades as at 31st December 1976 was:

Norfolk60 per cent
Suffolk67 per cent
Cambridge60 per cent
Essex39 per cent

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the recent report of the inquiry into the feasibility of introducing a shorter working week for the Fire Service.

I have arranged for a copy of the report to be placed in the Library of the House.