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Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 9 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the nature and the cost of loss of property and of life, respectively, caused in Scotland by fire damage, indicating where those losses occurred; and what steps his fire services took to avoid or mitigate those losses.

I regret that the information requested is not available in that form; but particulars of fatal casualties in fires, with much other useful information, are given in the annual statistical analyses of reports on fires in the United Kingdom. These are prepared by the Joint Fire Research Organisation and copies are in the Library of the House. I am satisfied that Scottish fire authorities, who are responsible for administering the fire service, are providing adequate fire cover in their areas.