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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the enforcement concordat in respect of the principles of good enforcement is used by enforcement authorities in their application of guidance her Department has issued on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; and if she will make a statement. (250946)

It is a matter for individual enforcing authorities to determine their own enforcement policies and procedures, having regard to the established principles of good enforcement set out in the Enforcement Concordat and the Regulators' Compliance Code.

We have issued guidance on enforcing the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to all enforcing authorities, under article 26 of the order. This makes clear that all enforcing authorities are expected to enforce the order in accordance with the principles of the ‘Enforcement Concordat’ issued by the Cabinet Office.

In addition, the National Framework 2008-11 makes it clear that we expect Fire and Rescue Authorities to be mindful of the need to take an open and proportionate approach to their audit and enforcement functions in accordance with the principles of good enforcement set out in the Compliance Code and Enforcement Concordat.