HC Deb 09 February 1993 vol 218 cc527-8W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to implement new fire regulations as required under the EC framework and workplace minimum requirements; and what plans he has to amend the regulations.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

My right hon. and learned Friend hopes to issue revised proposals for Fire Precautions (Places of Work) Regulations and associated guidance for

consultation document of October 1991 on evening opening of betting shops; who responded; and how many submissions were received in responding to each of the issues highlighted in paragraph 28(i)—(vi) and paragraph 29(i)—(ii) (a)(c).

Mr. Peter Lloyd

A press release was issued on 14 October 1991 announcing the issuing of the consultation document. Copies of the document were made available to the press. Some 58 copies of the document were sent direct to various interest groups such as the police, local authority associations and bodies representing the horseracing, greyhound and bookmaking industries. In addition, copies were made available to inquirers on request. In those cases where organisations had not responded by the closing date, they were contacted and invited to consider responding.

The details of the representations received were as follows:

consultation in the summer. This will enable him to consider any comments which he has received and to make the regulations to take effect on or after 1 April 1994.

We have already decided to exclude from the regulations all premises which are occupied only by the self-employed because they are not subject to the directives, and we are considering what other changes should be made.