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Fire Drills

Volume 774: debated on Monday 25 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in the interests of safety, he will advise those concerned with the administration of hospitals to have a periodical and regular fire drill among the staffs of such establishments.

The importance of holding practice fire drills at least twice a year is stressed in the standing guidance on fire precautions which the Department has given to all hospital authorities. The present memorandum of guidance was issued in 1966. The attention of all these authorities was specially drawn to this guidance earlier this year. I consider this to be a matter of great importance.