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Factory Inspections

Volume 773: debated on Friday 22 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she will instruct the Factory Inspectorate to carry out immediately inspections of those factories in their areas which, from their own records, are defined as suspect in relation to the Glasgow tragedy.

Any serious deficiencies as regards the fire precautions required by the Factories Act, 1961, discovered during factory inspections are brought to the notice of the occupier and are followed up to ensure that they are corrected. The kind of examination suggested is thus being carried out continuously. However, I recognise and share the acute feelings of anxiety which the recent Glasgow fire has aroused and I am considering urgently whether, pending the outcome of the Fatal Accident Inquiry into that case, there is any further action which can be taken by the Inspectorate to identify and deal with any specially urgent cases.