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Housing: Fire Safety

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Harrison Lord Harrison Chair, EU Sub-Committee A - Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 16 November (WA 157), other than promoting the importance of a working smoke alarm, what action they are taking to improve fire safety in (1) privately owned housing, and (2) social housing.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave to Lord Kennedy of Southwark on 16 December (WA 157).

Working smoke alarm ownership remains at the heart of our efforts to reduce accidental fire deaths and injuries in the home. During 2011-12, we will continue to promote the key message to householders of having a working smoke alarm in their home, through the Fire Kills campaign.

Furthermore, the UK Government welcome the referencing of the new safety standard for cigarettes which was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17 November 2011. Based on DCLG research, we calculate that the impact of cigarettes that comply with this standard (in England) will save between 25-64 lives per year.

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