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Smoke Alarms

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dicon smoke detectors have been purchased through Firebuy; what assessment his Department has made of the performance of dicon smoke detectors; and if he will make a statement. (315939)

Up to December 2009 25,000 Dicon smoke alarms had been purchased from Firebuy's current framework contract and a further 853,000 through a previous contract. The tender evaluation process for the current contract, which was undertaken by Firebuy and representatives of the fire and rescue service, assessed product quality and performance against a number of criteria including independent certification to the relevant British and European standards for domestic smoke alarms. These standards include test methods and performance criteria.