HC Deb 28 January 1959 vol 598 c129W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs to what extent, in view of the fact that so many tall buildings are now being projected in Great Britain, his Department has drawn up appropriate regulations covering protection from fire, such as fire escapes, lifts, etc., which will apply in varying degrees to buildings over six storeys, 12 storeys, and 20 storeys high, respectively, as is the case in the United States of America.

Mr. H. Brooke

Section 60 of the Public Health Act, 1936, is the principal statutory provision governing means of escape from fire in high buildings, which I think is the point my hon. Friend has mainly in mind. This section puts responsibility on local authorities; it does not give me power to make regulations. As far as flats are concerned, however, Appendix C of my Department's recent publication "Flats and Houses, 1958" gives guidance about means of escape in case of fire.

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