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Evidence session on the draft Building Safety Bill with fire safety and construction industry representatives

11 September 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee begins taking evidence as part of its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill on Monday 14 September when they take evidence from fire safety and construction industry representatives.

Purpose of the session

The first panel, featuring the Chairs of the National Fire Chief’s Council and Independent Experts Advisory Panel on fire safety, will examine how successfully the draft legislation improves regulation and provides a building safety regime that will ensure there is no repeat of the Grenfell Tower disaster. It will also examine how the proposed regulator’s powers and responsibilities can ensure high safety standards in the building sector over the long-term.  

The second panel features representatives of the building industry, including Construction Industry Council, House Building Federation and Royal Institute of British Architects. It will examine the impact that proposals to improve accountability and improve industry competence would work in practice and the impact they would have on the sector. It will also investigate how well the legislation drives improvements in the product testing system for new building materials.

Witnesses

Monday 14 September

At 4pm

Panel One:

  • Sir Ken Knight, Chair, Independent Expert Advisory Panel
  • Roy Wilsher, Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council

Panel Two:

  • Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council
  • Kieran Walker, Technical Director, House Building Federation
  • Adrian Dobson, Executive Director Professional Services, Royal Institute of British Architects

Further information

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