HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 cc19-20W
54. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has now completed his review of adquate and efficient systems of fire prevention, warning and escape in shops, offices, warehouses and bonded stores; and whether he intends to introduce legislation on the subject.

Mr. Brooman-White

As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary said in a Written Answer on 28th July, 1960, it is proposed to introduce comprehensive legislation relating to health welfare and safety in certain non-industrial premises, including shops and offices. As regards warehouses in which spirit is stored, as an immediate step, the Joint Fire Prevention Committee of the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Councils for England and Wales and for Scotland have been asked to advise on the production of a code of practice relating to such storage.

In addition, the contribution which the Building Standards Regulations now in preparation under the Building (Scotland) Act, 1959, can make to fire prevention is, of course, being studied by the Building Standards Advisory Committee.