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Fire Prevention

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has considered the merits of enabling fire services to conduct fire risk assessments for local businesses under the Fire Precautions Act 1971. (277304)

The Fire Precautions Act 1971 was abolished in October 2006 with the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Under the Fire Safety Order, those with the responsibility for any non-domestic premises are required to carry out a fire risk assessment and put in place measures which adequately protect lives in the event of a fire. Local fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) are required by the order to enforce the provisions of the order in the majority of premises. While FRAs can support responsible persons to comply with the order through the provision of fire safety advice and guidance, their enforcement duty means it would be inappropriate for them to carry out risk assessments on behalf of the responsible person.