HC Deb 04 December 1941 vol 376 cc1236-7
21. Viscountess Astor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in certain cities the Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Orders cannot be carried out because of the number of exemptions and the movement of the population; and whether he has had an alternative scheme brought to his notice which would enable the available man-power to be used to greater advantage?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

The Business Premises Order was framed after full discussion with representatives of the employers and the Trades Union Congress, and I do not think it would be practicable or desirable at this stage to make fundamental changes in procedure, such as are suggested in the interesting memorandum to which my Noble Friend refers. On a number of the specific points raised in the memorandum action similar to that recommended has been taken or is under active consideration.