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Home Safety

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) which authorities now exercise powers conferred upon them by the Home Safety Act 1961; when each such authority commenced exercising such powers; and in what manner;(2) whether he will issue a circular encouraging local authorities to exercise powers conferred upon them by the Home Safety Act 1961.

I regret that my Department does not have this information. However, it is understood from the Association of District Councils that home safety is promoted to some degree by the majority of district councils under the powers provided by the Home Safety Act 1961. In the circumstances, and as it is in any case for each local authority to decide whether and to what extent it uses these powers, I do not propose to issue a circular of the kind suggested by the hon. and learned Member.