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Firefighters' Dispute

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Fire Brigades Union on the effects of fire strikes on the training and readiness of HM Armed Forces for military operations. [103999]

My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has met the Fire Brigades Union on a number occasions to discuss a variety of topics since the dispute began. He has made it clear that, while the Armed Forces have been, and continue to be, able to provide emergency cover, this has had an impact on their usual duties.