HC Deb 19 May 1980 vol 985 cc35-6W
36. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, for the longest and most convenient period of time, how many fire drills have taken place in the House and its precincts; when the last one was held; how frequently they are held; when the next one is due to take place; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Since 1973, 17 fire drills have been held in the precincts of the House of Commons; the last fire drill was held in October 1979; these exercises are held whenever possible; the next fire drill is due to take place in September. The hon. Member will be pleased to know that arrangements are being made for the appointment of a Fire Officer for the Palace of Westminster and I hope that this post will soon be filled.