HC Deb 07 December 1973 vol 865 c496W
Mr. Harold Walker

asked the Lord President of the Council if he is satisfied that fire precautions and emergency procedures are adequate in the Palace of Westminster; and if he will hold a fire drill to test them in the near future.

Mr. Prior

I am satisfied that all necessary steps are being taken to fulfil the recommendations already made by Her Majesty's inspector of factories. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Employment referred to this in his reply of 7th February, 1973.—[Vol. 850, c. 135.]

Houses of Parliament fire staff frequently carry out local fire drills, and further fire drills are held with the Greater London Council fire brigade. A comprehensive fire alarm system for the whole of the Palace of Westminster is in course of installation, and I think that any consideration of extending these fire drills would be more useful when this work has been completed.