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Factory Fire, Luton

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the Home Secretary if he has received the Report of the coroner's inquest held at Luton in connection with the recent fire; if he is in a position to state whether the local authority's factory and fire regulations were carried out; if so, whether he is satisfied that the fey-laws of the authority are sufficient to enable workpeople in other factories to escape speedily in case of fire; and whether he intends to hold an inquiry into the whole of the circumstances in respect to the Luton disaster?

The inquest in this case is not yet concluded. It was resumed on Friday last and was adjourned after a considerable amount of evidence had been taken, till to-morrow. When the inquest is complete, a full Report will be made to my right hon. Friend by the Factory Department, and I must ask my hon. Friend to await a reply to his inquiries until my right hon. Friend has received this Report and had time to consider the whole position.