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Buncefield Oil Disaster

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Buncefield oil disaster on local property values; and if she will make a statement. (114937)

The effects of the Buncefield incident on house prices were reviewed by GO-East in July 2006. Local estate agents reported that there had been little or no decrease in house sales and value. Research carried out by Lambert Smith Hampton has found that there continues to be a strong demand for commercial properties in the area and does not expect the market to be affected in the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures have been taken since the Buncefield disaster to ensure that local fire services are properly equipped to deal with the potential health and safety threats posed by the control of major accident hazard sites located within the area of their service coverage; and if she will make a statement. (114939)

Measures taken to deal with the potential threats posed by control of major accident hazard sites (COMAH) form part of the local authority emergency planning arrangements. The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.