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High Rise Flats: Insulation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) relative fire risk and (b) consequent need for waking watches in high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding containing (i) ACM and (ii) HPL.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Department recently published consolidated advice from the Independent Expert Advisory Panel, titled ‘Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors’ , which encompasses advice to building owners on unsafe external wall systems (including short-term interim mitigating measures). The advice can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-safety-advice-for-building-owners-including-fire-doors.

The Department has also published a call for evidence on fire safety risk prioritisation in existing buildings, which ends on 17 February 2020 and can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/fire-safety-risk-prioritisation-in-existing-buildings-a-call-for-evidence.

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