Regulatory Reform Committee

Session 2003-04        20 July 2004

Committee to report on Fire Safety Proposal

The Committee has considered the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004, and has recommended that the proposal should be amended before a draft Order is laid before the House.

Committee Chairman, Peter Pike MP, said "The Committee has completed its scrutiny of this important proposal. We are in general content that the proposal is an appropriate use of the Regulatory Reform Act and meets its requirements. During our detailed scrutiny we have identified a number of changes which we believe will improve the legislation, and have made several recommendations for improvement. We look forward to examining an amended draft Order in due course."

Among the recommendations the Committee makes are:-

•      A duty on the Secretary of State to issue guidance to fire authorities on their enforcement of fire safety legislation;

•      A duty on the Secretary of State to monitor fire authority enforcement activity and to issue directions about enforcement;

•     Retention of the fire safety legislation for Tube stations introduced following the King's Cross fire;

•     Statutory guidance on the interpretation and implementation of the Order.

The Committee's full report will be published as its Eleventh Report of the current Session at 2.00 pm on Monday 2 August. It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 684).

The text of the report will also be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication. (