Parking: Suicide

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 20th January 2023.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what data his Department holds on the use of multi-storey car park buildings for suicide attempts in each of the last 10 years; and whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of taking steps to reduce the risk of such buildings being used for suicide.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has considered the potential merits of taking steps to improve the safety of multi-storey car parks.

Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government is in the process of setting up a new Building Safety Regulator, one of whose duties will be to keep under review the safety of all buildings, including those containing car parks.

The Department is aware of a number of very sad cases of falling from multi story car parks but does not have historic statistics. I would be happy to receive further information or representations from honourable Members on this matter to pass to the Building Safety Regulator to consider in more detail.

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