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Housing: Crime Prevention

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of new homes constructed met the minimum levels of security set out in the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 since 2004; (267223)

(2) what account will be taken of making buildings more resistant to crime in the next revision of building regulations.

The Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 contains no provisions on minimum levels of security for new homes; it simply amended the Building Act 1984 to give power to make building regulations for the purpose of furthering the prevention and detection of crime. This power has not been used.

Security of homes is, however, part of the Code on Sustainable Homes. Under this code, developers can gain credits for security if they consult an architectural liaison officer or crime prevention design advisor in the local police force and their recommendations are incorporated in the design of the home. To date these credits have been included in over 90 per cent. of all code homes.

There are no current plans to include making buildings more resistant to crime in the next revision of the Building Regulations but consideration will be given for future revisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps have been taken to implement the provisions of the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004. (267225)

The provisions of the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 mainly amended the Building Act 1984 to allow building regulations to be made for more purposes than previously. A number of the powers have been used to make building regulations since the 2004 Act came into force, in particular in respect of the energy efficiency provisions of the building regulations. This Department has publicly consulted on proposals for the provisions in the Act on local authority registers of information, certification of work, and appointed persons and management of works and is considering how best to proceed.

The Act also requires a biennial report on the building stock in England and Wales, with particular reference to energy efficiency and sustainability, to be made to Parliament. The first report covering the period November 2004 to November 2006 was made in February 2007. A second report, covering the period November 2006 to November 2008, is currently being prepared.