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Housing: Carbon Monoxide

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the ventilation standards for vehicle garages attached to domestic properties with a view to reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Ventilation standards for buildings are set in Part F of the Building Regulations (England and Wales), but the standards do not currently cover garages attached to dwellings.

The Department has recently consulted on proposed changes to Part F intended to ensure that health standards are not undermined by making buildings more airtight and hence energy efficient.

The consultation document did not contain any proposals to extend Part F ventilation requirements to domestic garages. However, we will consider any evidence of a need to do so as part of the next review of Part F standards starting in 2010.

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