HC Deb 13 February 1941 vol 368 cc1533-4W
Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that his appeal for fire-watchers is in many cases physically impossible of response; that there are not enough men of the appropriate ages available; that employés are unwilling to watch over their employers' premises whilst their own homes are in danger; and what further steps does he propose taking?

Mr. Mabane

My right hon. Friend has no information which would lead him to suppose that, for the reasons suggested by my hon. Friend, the recent Statutory Orders regarding fire prevention will not in general fulfil their purpose in providing an adequate number of fire watchers. Persons undertaking fire prevention duties at their place of work should bear in mind that it is the responsibility of the local authority to organise, where necessary, fire parties for the protection of the homes in which they live.