§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the Fire Precautions Act 1971 to bring into scope all premises other than domestic dwellings; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
Certain hotels, boarding houses, factories, offices, shops and railway premises currently require a fire certificate by virtue of designation orders made under section 1 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971. We have no plans to designate further premises as requiring such certificates.
We intend, however, to bring forward regulations to implement the fire safety requirements of the European Community Directives 89/391/EEC and 89/654/EEC relating to the health and safety of workers at work. These will generally apply to every place in which one or more persons work and will take effect on 1 January 1993.