Introduce a new Fire Precautions Act to regulate buildings and hold developers to account.
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Following serious fires in high rise buildings in recent years, including Camberwell, Adair, and now the tragedy at Grenfell where at least six people have lost their lives and 50 are in hospital, it is clear that self-regulation and self-determination of fire safety is not working.
In 1971, following several serious nightclub fires, the Fire Precautions Act was introduced, giving fire officers the legal right to assess any building for fire risk and safety. This allowed firefighters absolute and forensic familiarity with buildings on their grounds, both the structure and composition of them, and was designed to prevent shoddy workmanship putting people at risk.
This Act was abolished in the 1990s after landlords heavily lobbied MPs for their own power to decide what was safe and what wasn't.
This self-regulation does not work. Important planning documents have gone missing from Grenfell in the wake of an investigation. The cladding on the outside of the building seems to have been completely unfit for purpose. There were inadequate means of escape. People have lost their lives.
In order to prevent further tragedy, we need to hand back control of fire risk assessments to the people who run into those buildings to put them out. We owe it to our firefighters, our residents, and ourselves, to put this right, as quickly and effectively as possible.
I am asking Parliament to consider a debate on implementation of a new Prevention of Fire/Fire Precautions Act - not a measly reform regulation like the slap on the wrist we now have - and as a matter of absolute urgency. This seems to have been a preventable tragedy. Enough is enough,
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