HC Deb 28 June 1937 vol 325 cc1640-1
42. Mr. Montague

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he will consider the prevalent lack of appliances necessary to combat possible fires in schools throughout the country and make representations to local education authorities in the matter?

Mr. Lindsay

The Home Office handbook "Fire Precautions in Schools" was brought to the notice of local education authorities and the governors and managers of schools recognised by the Board in their Circular 1446 of 20th January, 1936, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy.

Mr. Montague

Cannot the hon. Member exert pressure upon the local authorities in this matter, especially upon those where, over wide areas, there is not the slightest provision?

Mr. Lindsay

We have not the information which the hon. Member suggests in his question, but if he will give it to me, I shall be very glad to receive it.

Mr. Kelly

Is there any intention on the part of the Board of Education to issue a new manual with regard to fire precautions in schools, as the old one is out of date?

Mr. Lindsay

This manual is a year old.

Mr. Kelly

It is out of date already.

Mr. Macquisten

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many country schools complain of want of fire during the winter time?

Mr. Kirby

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the schools on the black list of this country, and many other old schools, would be veritable death traps in case of fire, and, that being so, will he take steps to expedite the replacement of these old buildings?

Mr. Lindsay

I will look into that matter.