§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, if the restriction contained within paragraph 12 of schedule 3 to the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 permits him to make regulations under that Act relating to general fire safety matters.
§ Mr. Oppenheim
Paragraph 12 of schedule 3 to the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 provides that health and safety regulations may require, in specified circumstances, the taking of specified precautions in connection with the risk of fire. Paragraph 23 of that schedule defines "specified" as specified in the regulations. This therefore enables regulations to relate to general fire precautions if the circumstances and precautions are specified in the regulations and the regulations are made for the general purposes of the Act as set out in section 1.