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Fire Prevention: Insurance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Association of British Insurers on the use of Section 4.4 of the Technical Briefing on Fire Performance of Sandwich Panel Systems document (2003) by panel manufacturers. (204531)

The purpose of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) Technical Briefing is to assist insurance surveyors and under-writers to assess the use of sandwich panels in the construction of buildings, with respect to potential economic loss in the event of a fire.

Current statutory provisions and supporting standards for fire protection in buildings are made only for the purposes of securing the health and safety of people in and around buildings, not to reduce economic loss, therefore no such discussions have taken place with the ABI.