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Public Sector: Buildings

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 26 June 2017, Official Report, column 348, if he will list the public sector buildings which are now undergoing checks.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Our priority has been to identify and test buildings clad in Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) and which, are either social or private rented housing, or public sector buildings meeting certain height thresholds.

We are continuing to receive and analyse data on the wider public sector estate. There are range of public sector buildings currently being checked including hospitals, schools, prisons and probation facilities, care homes, military accommodation and other buildings used for overnight accommodation.

Where screening tests indicate that ACM samples would not meet the limited combustibility requirements of the current Building Regulations guidance, the Government will inform the building owner and notify the fire and rescue service and local authority of the test result. Clear guidance has been issued to ensure the safety of buildings and occupants. Where appropriate, organisations are working with the fire and rescue service to put in place precautionary safety checks and measures.

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