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House of Commons Hansard
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Products: Flood Control
25 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any BSI Kitemarked flood resilient products are available to the consumer. [301070]

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A list of companies that hold a Kitemark for flood protection products can be found via the BSI website at

www.kitemark.com

Some products covered by the Kitemark for flood protection products may be available as consumer items but most are installed by the manufacturer or an approved installer. This ensures quality control of installation and that consumers receive instruction on the deployment and maintenance of the products.

The National Flood Forum maintains a directory of flood protection products and services called ‘Blue Pages’. Companies, if entitled to do so, can apply to be included in the list of those that can display the Kitemark logo. The National Flood Forum does not endorse any products or approve the advertising claims in the listing. It is for the consumer to verify that the Kitemark applies to the particular product they wish to purchase.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what tests are undertaken to ensure that flood resilient products are fit for purpose; and what redress to the consumer is available in circumstances in which such a product fails to prevent flooding. [301071]

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Products that obtain the Kitemark for flood protection products must meet one of the four parts of the PAS 1188 test specification. The four parts are:

PAS 1188-1:2009. Flood protection products. Specification. Part 1: Building aperture products.

This applies to flood protection products used in the temporary sealing of building apertures and entrances to properties. A building aperture is an opening in the structure of a building which allows access and egress and/or ventilation to the building.

PAS 1188-2:2009 Flood protection products. Specification. Part 2: Temporary products.

A temporary flood protection product is one that is wholly installed during or following warning of a flood event and removed completely when water levels have receded. It is for use away from buildings but may be sealed against structures or buildings at section ends.

PAS 1188-3:2009 Flood protection products. Specification. Part 3: Building skirt systems.

Building skirt systems are a combination of materials and components curtaining a building and used to limit or restrict the flow of water entering the building at or above ground level.

PAS 1188-4:2009 Flood protection products. Specification. Part 4: Demountable products.

A demountable flood protection product is one that is capable of being removed and reinstalled on permanent mountings. It is for use away from buildings and may be sealed against structures or buildings at section ends.

Some products covered by the Kitemark for flood protection products may be available as consumer items but most are installed by the manufacturer or an approved installer. This ensures quality control of installation and that consumers receive instruction on the deployment and maintenance of the products.

The level of redress would be set out in the contract between the consumer and the supplier.