Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2001 and the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2001 and the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 Regulations implemented changes to Parts H (drainage and waste disposal), J (combustion appliances and fuel storage systems) and L (conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations.

A Regulatory Impact Assessment was carried out and is on the Department's website. It gives the following estimates of costs and benefits:

Part H £ million
One off cost to business: 0
One off cost to regulators 0
Recurring cost to business 94
Recurring cost to regulators 0
Note:

The annual benefits were estimated at £177 million

Part J £ million
One off cost to business 0.32
One off cost to regulators 0
Recurring cost to business 22
Recurring cost to regulators 0
Note:

The annual benefits were estimated at £30 million

Part L £ million
One off cost to business 0
One off cost to regulators 0
Recurring cost to business 159
Recurring cost to regulators 0
Note:

The annual benefits were estimated at £237 million

As is clear above, the changes in each case were shown to deliver substantial health and safety and energy efficiency benefits which far outweighed the costs. It was estimated that the costs to regulators would be nil or minimal since these were amendments to existing provisions.

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