HC Deb 19 April 1951 vol 486 c1989
19. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason an official test fire alarm was made during working hours on Tuesday, 3rd April, at Heythorp College, near Enstone, Oxfordshire.

Mr. de Freitas

This was a test of the speed and efficiency of the response of the fire brigade to a call. It was made at the request of H.M. Inspector of Fire Services during an inspection of the brigade.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

As the majority of those concerned had to travel a long distance, and were volunteers, would it not be possible to conduct future tests at the end of normal working hours?

Mr. de Freitas

No, Sir. These tests are not held often, but when they are held, they are expressly held during working hours, because, unfortunately, fires do not occur only after hours.