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Converted Cotton Mills (Fire Precautions)

Volume 640: debated on Thursday 11 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the extra fire hazards of cotton mill premises when used for other purposes and referred to in the Annual Reports of Fire Officers, what steps he has in mind for the greater protection of those employed in such buildings; and whether such steps include early legislation.

The fire provisions in the Factories Acts were substantially strengthened by the Act of 1959. Factory inspectors, in enforcing these provisions, are aware of the special problems of converted cotton mills. The Bill which I hope to introduce next Session will deal with fire precautions in shops and offices.