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Pre-legislative scrutiny of draft Building Safety Bill focuses on building control and building materials

18 September 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee continues its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill when it examines proposals for improving building control and the safety of building materials.

Purpose of the session

The first panel, featuring representatives of Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group, Construction Products Association and British Standards Institution, will investigate the measures within the draft Bill designed to improve the safety of building materials. This will include how construction products will be regulated and how newly developed products will be tested. It will also examine the purpose and role of the Industry Competence Committee and how it ensure high standards are maintained in the industry.

The second panel will feature Lord Porter and representatives of Local Authority Building Control and the National House-Building Council. It will examine proposed reforms for strengthening building control, including the role of local authorities in ensuring buildings are safe and the future relationship with the proposed Regulator to provide a comprehensive building safety regime.


Monday 21 September 2020, Committee Room 5

Panel one:

  • Dr Debbie Smith OBE, BRE Group Director of Science and Professional Development

  • Peter Caplehorn, CEO, Construction Products Association

  • Dr Scott Steedman, Director of Standards, British Standards Institution

Panel two:

  • Lord Porter of Spalding CBE, Fire and Building Safety
    Spokesperson, Local Government Association

  • Steve Wood, CEO, National House-Building Council

  • Lorna Stimpson, CEO, Local Authority Building Control

Further information

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