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S5W-04729: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Welsh Government regarding the number of fire incidents in Wales since legislation requiring fire suppression systems to be installed in all new and converted residential accommodation came into force; whether it plans to introduce similar legislation, and, if so, whether this will include houses of multiple occupation and halls of residence.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 23 November 2016

The Scottish Government is in regular contact with the Welsh Government regarding the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011. The Welsh Government has been monitoring the design and installation of fire suppression systems and their was published on 4 November 2016. This highlights a range of issues including costs, water supplies and maintenance.

It is still too early to assess the effectiveness of fire suppression systems installed in Wales since the legislation came into force. Therefore the Scottish Government has no immediate plans to introduce similar requirements for fire suppression systems beyond that already covered in building regulations, we will however keep the scope of sprinkler coverage under review.