§ Sir John Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to publish new guidance on fire safety in hotels.
§ Mr. John Patten
Two guides on fire safety in hotels have been published today. The first, a new guide, is entitled "Fire Safety Management in Hotels and Boarding Houses". It is a simple, commonsense and practical guide comprising good housekeeping measures with a check list which managers can use to make sure that their hotels are as safe as possible from fire. The guide has been produced jointly with the Fire Protection Association and the Scottish Office. It is a blueprint for the 1990s and will help to make British hotels and boarding houses the safest in Europe.
The second guide is a technical document entitled "Guide to Fire Precautions in Premises Used as Hotels and Boarding Houses which require a Fire Certificate". It has been produced by the Home Office and the Scottish Office and is mainly aimed at fire authorities although it will also 631W be relevant to all professionals in the field of fire precautions. The guide updates guidance produced in 1972 and incorporates the EC recommendation on fire safety in existing hotels.
Copies of both guides have been placed in the Library.