High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 14th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 January (HL4567), whether, since the statutory guidance was revised, they are satisfied that all new blocks of flats over 30 metres in height have had sprinklers fitted; and in the same period, how many existing buildings have been retro-fitted with sprinklers.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Building control bodies have a statutory responsibility to check the plans for building work (consulting fire and rescue authorities as appropriate) and to inspect work on site during the construction phase to assess whether it complies with the requirements in the Building Regulations. Where the work does not comply, under provisions in the Building Act, it is for local authorities to decide when a prosecution for non-compliance with the requirements in the Building Regulations would be appropriate.

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