§ Mr. R. RICHARDSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in connection with the disastrous fire at Hartlepools recently, when over 60 families were rendered homeless, he proposes to institute an inquiry into the causes and consider the advisability of making regulations as to the storage of timber which will prevent a restoration of the dangerous conditions existing prior to the outbreak?
§ Mr. SHORTT
I have been asked to reply. There are no legal powers for instituting an inquiry in such a ease as this, nor is there power to make regulations as to the storage of timber. But I have referred the hon. Member's question to the Royal Commission on Fire Prevention and asked them to consider the matter.