HC Deb 22 July 1964 vol 699 cc478-9
36. Mr. McInnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to introduce comprehensive fire prevention legislation, which will cover bingo, gaming, and betting clubs' in Scotland.

Lady Tweedsmuir

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given by my hon. Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 18th March and 16th April. The legislation referred to will extend to Scotland.

Mr. McInnes

Is the hon. Lady aware that these premises are treated as unlicensed clubs and that, therefore, neither the police nor the local fire master have any power of entry and that this is a rather dangerous situation when fire occurs? Will the hon. Lady look again at this aspect to ensure that the chief constable and the fire master have powers of entry?

Lady Tweedsmuir

Yes, Sir. It is hoped to have comprehensive legislation—I hope, introduced by this Government—in the next Parliament.