HC Deb 16 October 1973 vol 861 cc33-4W
Sir John Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, since during the first six months of 1973 there have been 40 large fires involving schools, she will issue a circular to education authorities on fire detection devices and alarm systems.

Mrs. Thatcher

I am most concerned at the increasing numbers of fires in schools. It is for local education authorities, which are in the best position to do so, to decide, after consultation with their fire officers and insurers, what equipment is appropriate in the circumstances of each school. A number of authorities have already installed various types of fire detection and alarm devices.