§ Mr. Michael Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the guide to means of escape and related fire safety measures in certain existing houses in multiple occupation.
§ Mr. Hurd
Together with my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Wales, I have today published the guide. It is intended to provide a national advisory standard for means of escape and also contains recommendations on various related fire safety measures, including fire warning systems, fire fighting equipment and fire drills. The guide is designed to aid the process of consultation between housing and fire authorities required by housing legislation and to provide a source of reference for the owners, managers and occupiers of houses in multiple occupation.
I have placed a copy in the Library. It is being issued to fire and local authorities and copies can also be obtained from any of our departments.