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Housing: Fire Extinguishers

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the use of automatic fire suppression systems in residential properties in other countries.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The information requested is not held centrally. My officials do, as far as possible, keep abreast of relevant international developments and ensure that any research or analysis uses all available data.

The cost benefit analysis that formed part of 2005 study into the effectiveness of residential sprinklers relied extensively on US data where UK data were not available. More recently, the 2010 “Cost Benefit Analysis of Options to Reduce the Risk of Fire and Rescue in Areas of New Build Homes” took account of US and New Zealand data as part of the research literature review. The 2010 report is available on the DCLG website at:

www.communities.gov.uk/documents/fire/pdf/costbenefitfirenewbuild.pdf

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