HC Deb 26 March 1979 vol 965 c4W
Mr. Michael Morris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to avoid the loss by fire authorities in the current year or in 1984, as the result of section 262 of the Local Government Act 1972, of the powers which they at present have by virtue of local acts in the field of fire precautions and prevention.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The need for the retention of existing local Act powers relating to fire precautions and prevention requires to be considered against the background of extensions since made in the scope of public general Act powers for this purpose.