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Building Regulations

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what proposals he has for the future status and functions of building regulations;(2) what proposals he has for the future role of his Department in the drafting of legislation affecting the safety and performance of structures in the United Kingdom;(3) what proposals he has to ensure the enforcement of building regulations in the United Kingdom;(4) what proposals he has concerning the role of central and local government, the construction industry and insurance interests in connection with the enforcement of building regulations.

My right hon. Friend and I have said that we are carrying out a major review of building control, in the course of which we shall seek the views of interested bodies. We fully recognise the need to ensure that standards for safety and health are maintained.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to further the harmonisation of building regulation systems within the European Economic Community.

We maintain close liaison with the EEC Commission to promote the cause of harmonisation.