asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans exist for the evacuation of people living in the vicinity of a potential explosion;(2) whether his Department offers advice to local authorities concerning disaster plans in the event of explosions at the factories of firms manufacturing, processing or storing hazardous materials in their areas; and what advice is given.
Local authorities and the emergency services are responsible for preparing such plans. Advice is contained in Home Office circular No. ES 7/1975, which deals with major accidents and natural disasters; a copy is in the Library of the House.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether officers of the Metropolitan Police regularly inspect factory premises storing hazardous materials; and to whom they report their findings.
No. The police are not responsible for regular inspections of this kind.