MPs to have first follow-up session on Hackitt Report

Published:  25 June, 2018

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is holding its first evidence session as part of its follow-up work on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

Members are due to meet on Wednesday at the House of Commons to hear evidence from industry representatives, fire safety experts and building owners and insurers about their views on the Independent Review, the use of combustible cladding and fire safety testing regimes.

The committee will also examine the immediate and longer-term changes needed to improve the safety of residential tower blocks, and how improvements can be applied more widely in the construction industry.

The first panel comprises four industry representatives: Construction Products Association Deputy Chief Executive Peter Caplehorn; Rockwool's Senior Vice President (Group Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs) Mirella Vitale; Richard Burnley, MD (Britain and Ireland) at Kingspan Insulation; and Executive Director of the Royal Institute of British Architects Adrian Dobson.

The panel of fire safety experts will be next to give evidence. They are BRE Global MD Dr Debbie Smith; Claire Curtis-Thomas, CEO of the British Board of Agrement; Mark Hardingham, Chairman (Protection and Business Safety Committee) of the National Fire Chiefs Council, and Sir Ken Knight, Chairman of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel.

Building owners and insurers are due to be represented by Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association; David Smith, Policy Director at the Residential Landlords Association, and Huw Evans, Director General of the Association of British Insurers.

The Committee has already questioned Dame Judith Hackitt about her report, and chairman Clive Betts MP has written to the government called for an immediate ban on the use of combustible cladding on high rise buildings.

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