To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply of 31 March, Official Report, column 682, if he will give details of any expert advice from outside his Department which caused him to reject the case for primary legislation made by the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority in order that the Greater London Co-ordination Centre could be maintained on a permanent basis; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend took account of views which the Health and Safety Executive expressed to the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority. The views of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis were also taken into account. Additionally, my right hon. Friend consulted Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services.