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Fire Prevention: Tourism

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to fire authorities on the need for fire risk assessments in (a) single unit and (b) multiple unit self-catering properties for tourists. (145894)

The Department has issued 11 guides dealing with a range of different types of premises. The guides are intended to assist both fire and rescue authorities and the person responsible in the interpretation and application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Guide No. 3 deals with sleeping accommodation and includes advice on the need for fire safety risk assessments for both single and multiple unit properties. The guides are freely available on the Department’s website:

www.communities.gov.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what actions her Department has taken to ensure the consistent interpretation and enforcement by fire authorities of fire risk assessments undertaken in respect of self-catering tourist providers; and if she will make a statement. (145895)

The Department has issued 11 guides dealing with a range of different types of premises. The guides are intended to assist both fire and rescue authorities and the person responsible for a premises to establish what fire precautions may be necessary for a particular case. Guide No 3 deals with sleeping accommodation and includes advice on fire safety risk assessment for self-catering tourist accommodation. The guides are freely available on the Department's website at www.communities.gov.uk.