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Fire Precautions (Factory Farms)

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to establish statutory provisions relating to fire precautions to cover factory farm buildings where there is a significant hazard to the life of substantial numbers of animals; and if he will make a statement.

As I explained on 9th March—[Vol. 927, c. 531]—these buildings are already subject to statutory fire precautions designed to promote human safety. Standards of fire protection are also included in the livestock welfare codes, and my officials ensure that such standards are observed in livestock buildings benefiting from grant-aid. I see no need to introduce further measures.