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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 9th July 2007.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health) 3:31 pm, 9th July 2007

My constituency suffered enormously 18 months ago from the Buncefield explosion, and I share my community's concern about residents who have left their homes. Losing a home is one of the greatest difficulties that anybody can go through, and 18 months on from the explosion there are still people in Hemel Hempstead living in hotels.

During the next few months, will the Secretary of State look carefully at how the loss adjusters and builders carry out work? In Hemel, building work has been done and people have returned to their homes, but they have had to leave them again because cowboy builders had been in. The loss adjusters are not so friendly once the cameras are gone. As Mr. Prescott knows, it is a really difficult situation. Perhaps some of the experiences we have had in Hemel will help hon. Members in other areas.