HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 c2169
54. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that serious consequences are liable to result from fires in many old houses both in London and the provinces, he will consider introducing legislation to compel landlords to provide better means of escape in all such old buildings?

Mr. Elliot

As regards London, any extension of existing legislation on the subject is a matter for consideration, in the first instance by the London County Council. In respect of areas outside London, I may remind the hon. Member of the power of local authorities to make by-laws under the Housing Acts for securing the prevention of, and safety from, fire in working-class houses. Certain other powers of requiring means of escape from fire in respect of special classes of buildings have been given to local authorities under the Public Health Act, 1936. I am not satisfied that any fresh legislation is necessary.

Mr. Day

Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that the present powers are quite sufficient?

Mr. Elliot

Yes, Sir.