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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to monitor the (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. (105880)

Monitoring will principally be by means of the statistics on enforcement that we collect from the fire and rescue services. The data being collected will allow us to evaluate the level and type of enforcement action; the effect on safety by reference to levels of compliance; and the level of human resources being used by fire and rescue services. In addition, given the order elevates the status of fire prevention, we have set the Fire and Rescue Services a Best Value Performance Indicator (BV 207) relating to the number of fires that occur per 1,000 non-domestic premises in their area. We shall be monitoring that as an indicator of success.