HC Deb 31 July 1980 vol 989 cc1713-4
9. Mr. Sainsbury

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to issue a draft code of guidance on fire precautions in residential accommodation for the elderly.

Mr. Brittan

A draft guide will be circulated on a consultative basis later this year prior to publication.

Mr. Sainsbury

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that I am grateful for that reply, which is somewhat more encouraging than those that I have received on this subject in the last 18 months? Does he accept that early agreement on a code of guidance is a vital first step towards ensuring, in those few homes where fire precautions are still inadequate, that they are brought up to standard? Will my hon. and learned Friend ensure that there will be no delay in the consultations on the draft code as soon as it is published?

Mr. Brittan

I accept that my hon. Friend says and I undertake that there will be no delay.

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