High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 July 2019, on HCWS1757 on Building safety update, for what reasons his Department's data collection exercise is not covering high risk buildings other than residential blocks.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The data collection exercise launched on 18 July 2019 is part of an ongoing programme of work to enable the Department to build a more complete picture of high-rise residential buildings and the variety of external wall systems in use Government is collecting data on all external wall systems. The Government is collecting data on all external wall systems on residential buildings 18 metres and above, covering private and social (both local authority and housing association) stock, hotels and student accommodation. The data exercise is structured in such a way that additional questions could be added in the future if this would develop our data set to support this work.

There remains a duty for those responsible for buildings to maintain safety of a premises (so far as the requirements are under their control) under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and the Housing Act.

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