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Fireguards (Duration Of Duty)

Volume 395: debated on Thursday 2 December 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether the regulation in operation providing that firewatchers for industrial premises must be in attendance for 30 minutes prior to and after blackout time is imposed at the discretion of local authorities or whether it is incumbent under Home Office regulations?

The number of fireguards required to be available at business premises at different times is governed by the arrangements for those premises made by the occupier and approved by the appropriate authority. The period referred to by my hon. Friend is the period specified in the Order as that in which the method of reporting fires to the National Fire Service under the Fire Guard Plan is to operate.