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Fire Prevention

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to give more powers to chief fire officers to ensure that the recommendations are enforced in the field of fire prevention, particularly in markets and public shopping precincts.

In the case of existing premises designated under the Fire Precautions Act 1971, requirements of the fire authority relating to the issue of a fire certificate are already mandatory, subject to appeal to a magistrates court. In the case of requirements relating to public health and safety in the design and construction of new buildings, including markets and public shopping precincts, any variation in the procedure currently required to be followed in the enforcement of building regulations is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.