§ 56. Mr. Popplewell
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will introduce legislation to ensure stricter control of fire precautions in all football grounds in the United Kingdom.
I think the hon. Member may have particularly in mind egress from stands. In England and Wales local authorities have adequate powers in that respect under the Public Health Act, 1936. I understand from the Minister of Home Affairs, Northern Ireland, that similar powers are available there under the Fire Services Act, (Northern Ireland), 1947. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland informs me that existing safeguards under the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1892, will be strengthened when regulations are made under the Building (Scotland) Act, 1959.