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System-Built Tower Blocks

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to receive the final report and recommendations from the Building Research Establishment concerning safety in system-built tower blocks; and if he will makea statement.

Last October my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Construction announced that the Building Research Establishment was to carry out an urgent investigation of large panel systems of construction. The main conclusions and recommendations of the first stage of this investigation, which relate to the structure of Ronan Point and other Taylor Woodrow Anglian buildings, were reported in the answer I gave to the hon. Member on 19 February last at columns 409–410. A full report of this first stage of the investigation should be published within the next month. The findings of further studies will be published as soon as they become available.