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Building Regulations

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what inspection is made of enforcement of building regulation by private sector providers. (75667)

Private sector approved inspectors do not have enforcement powers for breaches of the Building Regulations. No formal inspection is made of the work of either the public or private sector as, under the Building Act 1984, building control is a fully devolved service. However, my officials meet with representatives of both sectors to discuss operational and delivery issues, and have helped to develop Performance Indicators and a revised Performance Standards Handbook, both due to be published soon.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which private sector providers are used by local authorities to enforce building regulations. (76938)

We have made no such assessment. The statutory function of enforcing the building regulations rests with local authorities. Local authorities may engage private sector professional assistance to help them discharge their day-to-day building control responsibilities, e.g. assisting with plan checking.