High Rise Flats: Electrical Safety

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 19th July 2017.

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Photo of Wera Hobhouse Wera Hobhouse Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing white goods safety checks in tower blocks in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Photo of Margot James Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Holding answer received on 03 July 2017

The UK has one of the highest sets of product safety requirements in the EU which requires goods to meet strict safety rules before they are put into use.

The Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety submitted its final report in April 2017. I had intended to publish the report then, but the announcement of the General Election prevented me from doing so.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, I asked the Working Group to urgently review their findings and their report has been published today.

I have also asked the Working Group to look at further potential areas of product safety and recalls where action might be required, in light of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.

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