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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to add flooding to the list of hazards enforceable under the Housing Act 2004. (307361)

There are no plans to revise the 29 categories of hazard contained in the housing health and safety rating system. The underlying principle of the housing health and safety rating system is that any residential premises should provide a safe and healthy environment for any potential occupier or visitor. It is primarily concerned with those matters which can properly be considered the responsibility of the owner (or landlord).