Date lodged: 28 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ensure that the highest level of consumer protection is available to buyers of new-build homes.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 12 December 2016
The regulation of consumer protection is reserved to the UK government. However, under the Scotland Act 2016 the Scottish Government has taken on responsibility for consumer advice and advocacy and in terms of Building Standards, local authorities are responsible for their own geographic area and undertake independent checks of building at design stage and construction stage. Following construction of new build homes the independent National House Building Council provide warranties and insurance for new homes and currently provide warranties for over seven million homes.