High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that aluminium composite material cladding on tower blocks that has failed Building Research Establishment tests is replaced.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Nothing is more important than keeping people safe. That is why we established the Building Safety Programme, which has been working with local authorities and building owners to identify properties that might be at risk and ensure that all building owners take necessary remedial action to improve the fire safety of tower blocks as swiftly as possible. We have offered free screening tests at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to all owners of buildings over 18 metres with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding to establish whether the materials submitted are of limited combustibility, and we have provided a note to assist building owners undertaking remediation work.

A variety of interim safety measures have also been put in place so that everyone is kept safe. A list of these measures can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648775/Update_on_Interim_Mitigation_Measures_290917.pdf

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