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Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I am sure that a number of points will be raised during the consultation. The hon. Gentleman has just raised one. On Approved Document B, we have already consulted on changes to that. I can tell him that we intend to complete that work and publish a clarified version of the guidance by July.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I agree, which is why I made the point that there are responsibilities on all of us. I have set out a number of actions that the Government are taking but there is also a responsibility on the industry itself. Some of the very powerful comments Dame Judith makes in her report require action not just by the Government but by industry and others.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I encourage the right hon. Gentleman to look at chapter two of the final report, which sets out a number of different steps on enforcement: “Failure by relevant dutyholders to comply with either type of notice”— there is a prohibition or stop notice and an improvement notice— “would be a criminal offence.” When he reads the report in detail, I think he will...

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: My hon. Friend makes some powerful and important points about the nature of a system, the external cladding, how that fits within certain other structures and systems and what that actually means. That is why it is right that we look at the consultation in that way. He points to important recommendations that Dame Judith makes. Equally, she has made clear statements about what system products...

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: What I would say directly to the hon. Lady is that we need to get this right. We have had a comprehensive set of recommendations from Dame Judith, which will require legislation. We are determined to look at that carefully to ensure that we are able to consult and get the right legislation before the House. That is my driving priority.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I wholly endorse what my hon. Friend has said in relation to the private sector. On the public sector, as I indicated in an earlier response, we are formulating our detailed guidance and information to go to local authorities but my intent is to see that that money is deployed as quickly as possible.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: We have talked about Approved Document B and other planning guidance. I want that to be out before the summer. We have had some consultation, but we need to make progress. I think that underlines my clear, driving desire to get on with things where we can but, obviously, where longer-term reform is necessary, to consider carefully to get it right.

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Independent review of building regulations and fire safety (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: Following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy, the Government asked Dame Judith Hackitt to undertake a thorough review of building regulations and fire safety, with a particular focus on multiple-occupancy high-rise buildings. Her final report is being published today. It is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-revie w-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety-final-report...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Policy (17 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: My Rt. Hon. Friend Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and I wish to reiterate the Government’s view that there are potentially substantial benefits from the safe and sustainable exploration and development of our onshore shale gas resources and to set out in this statement to Parliament the actions we are taking to support our position. This...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: When I was appointed to my new role, I was clear that one of my biggest priorities was supporting everyone affected by the unimaginable tragedy at Grenfell Tower and ensuring that we learn from it so that nothing like this can ever happen again. That is why one of the first things I did was meet some of the bereaved and survivors as soon as I could, and why I am pleased to have the...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: The fairest answer I can give to the hon. Lady is that we obviously want to see that happen as soon as possible. That is why I have made my comments about assessing what further steps can be taken with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at pace to establish what further support can be given. I spoke to the leader of the council yesterday on this very point, and I will certainly...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I would say to the hon. Lady that we set up the independent taskforce and put it in to support and challenge the council to deliver an effective long-term recovery plan with local people at its heart. That was an important intervention that we took, and the taskforce’s valuable work so far has highlighted the need for the council to do more to listen to the local community. We in the...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: As I said earlier when I relayed the figures, nine people have not accepted an offer. I know that the council is doing work at pace with its contractors to ensure that the necessary work is undertaken to enable people to move into those homes. I know that that is what the hon. Gentleman would wish to see, and it is also what I would wish to see. That is why I have made the point about working...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I absolutely hear the point that the hon. Lady is making about the need to see families moved from temporary to permanent accommodation. We need to ensure that the necessary homes are there, and to work carefully and sensitively with the families to ensure that they are confident and comfortable with making that step. We need to be guided in part by those families, and we need to support and...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: Dame Judith will be publishing her report tomorrow. I appreciate some of the questions that have been raised with me, and the point that my hon. Friend has just made. I think it is right that we should see the report when it is published, and I intend to make a statement to Parliament to allow further questioning on it. I am conscious of the timeliness of this debate and of the need for...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: This announcement is all about providing financial support to ensure that the works can be carried out swiftly. If the hon. Gentleman has specific points about Birmingham City Council, I will certainly look into them, and if I need to add anything else, I will certainly do so. Right hon. and hon. Members will be aware that I updated the House by way of written ministerial statement, as...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Safety Update (16 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: In my predecessor, the Right Honourable Member for Bromsgrove’s update on building safety on 15 March 2018, he informed the House that a glazed, composite, fire door from Grenfell Tower manufactured by Manse Masterdor, around five years ago, and marketed as meeting a 30 minutes standard failed the test after approximately 15 minutes. The Government immediately sought advice from the...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: I beg to move, That this House has considered housing and homes. I am delighted to be leading this debate in my new role as Housing Secretary. I pay tribute to the reforms so ably led by my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bromsgrove (Sajid Javid). I look forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the House as I consider the next steps on the Government’s...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Lady will be aware of the borrowing cap issue and how we have made changes around that, and I also gently point out that when her party was in power house building starts fell by 45% in 12 years and homes purchased in England fell by over 40%. I make that point to underline that there are challenges that have existed for many years under a number of different Governments, and that is...


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