§ Mr. Heppell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make regulations to satisfy the outstanding fire safety requirements of the EC Framework and Workplace directives. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
Having consulted my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, we intend shortly to make suitable regulations. These will build on those proposals on which consultation was completed last year and will be accompanied by a simple guidance package. We hope to lay the regulations before Parliament rises for the summer recess. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland that she intends to lay equivalent regulations for Northern Ireland before the end of the year.