§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that the grant-related expenditure figures for fire in 1983–84 accurately reflect the needs of the fire service.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
I am satisfied that the grant-related expenditure assessments for the fire service represent a reasonable estimate of the cost to authorities of providing a common standard of service in different parts of the546W country. It may be necessary to review the methodology used before the proposed single service joint boards for the fire service are established in London and the metropolitan counties in 1986–87.