To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to reintroduce data on electrical safety in the home into the English Housing Survey; whether that survey will provide a breakdown of accidental deaths in the home by cause and tenure; what plans he has for the future of that survey; and if he will make a statement.
The Department collects information on the presence of electrical safety features such as PVC wiring and modern earthing via the English Housing Survey. The latest data (2013) are published online at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-datasets/dwelling-condition-and-safety (refer to tables DA5201 to DA5203). 2014 data will be published shortly.
The Department does not collect information on accidental deaths in the home. However, information on fatalities in the home due to electric shock and due to fires caused by electrical faults, misuse and installation faults can be found in the most recent memorandum to the DCLG Select Committee on Part P Building Regulations, see: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/communities-andlocal-government/150303-Memorandum-to-CLG-Sel-Com-on-Part-P.pdf