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Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to ensure that every precaution is taken in Scottish hospitals to prevent release of halons in the atmosphere; and if he will make a statement.

The use of halogens in Scottish hospitals is not widespread and is mainly confined to fire extinguishers used to combat small and incipient fires in specialised areas such as computer or electrical installations, where a suitable alternative is not available and where the overall safety of patients and staff is paramount.