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Fires

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to make a formal response to the ministerial submission of 2 April 2009 from the Business and Community Safety Forum on the fires in timber-framed constructions; and if he will make a statement. (304780)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department for Transport on 28 May 2009 to the joint ministerial submission from the Business and Community Safety Forum and Practitioners Forum. I have placed a copy of the reply in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chief Fire Officers Association, (b) the Health and Safety Executive, (c) local authorities and (d) the Building Research Establishment on regulation of the construction of timber-framed buildings on construction sites; and if he will make a statement. (304781)

The implications for fire safety on timber framed construction sites was discussed at my meetings with the joint Business and Community Safety Forum and the Practitioners' Forum on 13 October and, in the light of the recent fire in Peckham, with the Chief Fire Officers Association Presidential Team on 1 December.

Officials are in regular contact with representatives from all these organisations on a wide range of issues, including fire safety on construction sites where timber-framed buildings are being erected. Most recently, officials met on 3 December with representatives from the fire service, local authority building control bodies, Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors and the Health and Safety Executive to consider what use could be made of the statutory consultation process between Building Control bodies and the fire safety departments of local Fire and Rescue Services to aid their operational pre-planning.