HC Deb 20 July 1939 vol 350 c731W
Mr. McEntee

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that the Air-Raid Shelter Code does not specify any width for doors in openings and that shelters are being constructed in factory premises with doors so narrow as to be a source of danger to their occupants; and will he make regulations similar to those made by the London County Council and other licensing authorities for places of public entertainment with a minimum door-width of 3 feet 6 inches and make it compulsory for doors to open outward?

Sir J. Anderson

The hon. Member will find directions as to the width of entrances to shelters on page 13 of the Code. Most shelters will be designed to accommodate numbers far less than those accommodated in places of public entertainment, and it has not been considered necessary to stipulate more than 2 feet 6 inches as a minimum width for entrances. On the question whether doors should open outwards or inwards, the balance of advantage is so uncertain that it has been considered best to leave this point to be determined according to the circumstances of each particular case.