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Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend building regulations to reduce (a) the risk of fires in buildings spreading and (b) the speed at which such fires spread. (252696)

The last major revision of Part B (Fire safety) of the Building Regulations and the supporting guidance took effect in April 2007. This included the provision of sprinkler protection in large warehouses and high rise blocks of flats. Improved guidance was also provided on the design and specification of measures such as compartment walls, cavity barriers and fire dampers which all service to restrict the spread of fire. We do not intend to revisit the provisions of Part B (Fire safety) until 2013 at the earliest.