News

Montaque demands answers on nightclub safety

Monday, February 04, 2013    

Print this page Email A Friend!


FOLLOWING the deaths of 235 persons in a recent nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, local interest in the integrity of emergency systems at local clubs has increased, and Opposition Senator Robert Montaque wants the Government to urgently answer questions on the issue.

Senator Montaque tabled questions in the Senate Friday seeking, among other things, to know whether there is a register of all the nightclubs and places of amusement, inspection of these clubs and whether an evacuation plan is included in the emergency requirements.

Montaque's questions, addressed to the Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator AJ Nicholson, read:

"Will the minister state whether a register of all clubs and places of amusement is currently maintained by the Government and, if so, when was it last updated?

"Will the minister state if inspections of clubs and places of amusement have yet commenced for the renewal of licences this financial year?

"If the answer to Part 2 is in the affirmative, will the minister confirm whether or not inspections are being conducted by: the local authorities (parish councils); fire departments; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Public Health Department?

"If the answer to Part 2 is in the negative, will the minister state when inspections will commence and whether or not a timetable has been established for same?

"Will the minster state whether or not an evacuation plan is in place should a major fire occur in an unlicensed club or place of amusement?

"If the answer to Part 5 is in the affirmative, will the minister state which state entity has custody of and responsibility for the execution of the plan?"

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Is it OK for the NHT to venture into businesses other than housing?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT