§ 23. Mr. Douglas Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now any statement to make as to the future of the N.F.S.
§ Mr. Percy Morris
Will the right hon. Gentleman confer not only with the local authorities but with the representatives of the men concerned before reaching a conclusion as to the future formation of the Service?
§ 32. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the numbers of voluntary enlistment from members of the Armed Forces in the N.F.S. and its present strength.
§ Mr. Davies
May I ask the Minister if he is satisfied with this voluntary recruitment, and what steps he is taking to increase the intake of volunteers to the N.F.S.?
§ 33. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now state when voluntary release from the N.F.S. will become effective.
§ 34. Lieut.-Colonel Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the terms of release for members of the N.F.S.; and when he proposes to make this a voluntary service.
§ Mr. Davies
Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that, when he said the latest date, the date he had in mind was 30th April, 1946, and whether he does not think that the members of the N.F.S. deserve an early statement on this matter, so that they can decide their future?
§ 37. Mr. Sparks
asked the Secretary State for the Home Department if[...] 487 considered a memorandum prepared by the Middlesex Fire Brigade authorities on the future of the fire service; and if he will make a statement upon the recommendations contained therein.
§ Mr. Sparks
Would the Minister bear in mind the fact that a number of these local fire brigades were very efficiently organised and administered by some local authorities before they were transferred to the National Fire Service, and will he bear this fact in mind in giving further consideration to the matter?
§ 43. Mr. Lipson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why men discharged from the N.F.S. for health reasons or some other honourable cause have not yet received their gratuities; and if he will arrange for these to be paid without further delay.
§ Mr. Lipson
Can the right hon. Gentleman say if there is any reason why an applicant should not be paid immediately after discharge, as happens when a man is discharged from the Army?
§ Mr. Ede
The amount of checking which has to be done with the man's previous employer before the service was nationalised leads to a considerable amount of delay. I am glad to say. however, that we are rapidly overcoming the difficulties which have prevented us making payments as rapidly as we should have wished.