Fire Prevention Legislation (Clubs)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1964.

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Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central 12:00 am, 22nd July 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to introduce comprehensive fire prevention legislation, which will cover bingo, gaming, and betting clubs' in Scotland.

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given by my hon. Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 18th March and 16th April. The legislation referred to will extend to Scotland.

Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central

Is the hon. Lady aware that these premises are treated as unlicensed clubs and that, therefore, neither the police nor the local fire master have any power of entry and that this is a rather dangerous situation when fire occurs? Will the hon. Lady look again at this aspect to ensure that the chief constable and the fire master have powers of entry?

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

Yes, Sir. It is hoped to have comprehensive legislation—I hope, introduced by this Government—in the next Parliament.