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Fire Safety Standards

Volume 170: debated on Wednesday 28 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria govern the application of the Government fire standards code to major refurbishments of his Department's storage facilities.

The code is applied to major refurbishments of MOD storage facilities where feasible or cost-effective.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the annual amount of expenditure on improving fire safety standards in his Department's storage depots for each year since 1979.

Figures for years prior to 1984 are not readily available. Fire safety-related expenditure by calendar year since 1984, which includes spending on specific fire safety enhancements and on new buildings which meet the Government fire standards code, has been broadly as follows:

£ million
19841·3
198511·7
198622·7
19878·9
198814·0
19896·4

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the legal status of the Government fire standards code; and whether the code applies to his Department's storage facilities in other countries.

The code is an advisory document, and has no statutory force. It is applicable to the Ministry of Defence's storage facilities worldwide.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations govern the liaison between the various military fire services and local civilian fire services in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) abroad.

Departmental regulations, applicable in the United Kingdom and overseas, provide for visits to Ministry of Defence establishments by local fire brigades, for joint exercises and mutual assistance.