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Fire Precautions (Universities)

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why universities offering bedroom accommodation on a casual basis to paying guests are exempted from the fire precautions regulations applicable to hotels and boardinghouses.

Fire Precautions (Hotels and Boarding Houses) Order 1972 (S.I. 1972 No. 238) contains no specific exemption for university premises. Whether the provision by a university of sleeping accommodation for guests on a casual basis brings the premises within the scope of the order depends upon the facts of the particular case. Fire authorities have been informed of the position.