§ Mr. Yeo
The fire advisory panel has been established to provide a forum for the discussion of technical issues related to fire safety aspects of the Building Regulations 1985. The panel draws its membership from across the whole field of fire safety in buildings, and from both the public and private sectors, and this wide spectrum of professional expertise safeguards the impartiality of the panel's advice. A further safeguard is provided by the need for proposals from the panel for changes to the regulations to be considered by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, which has the statutory responsibility of advising the Secretary of State on them.
§ Mr. Yeo
Membership of the fire advisory panel includes representatives from the Home Office, the Scottish Development Department, and the Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) as well as of my Department. Non-governmental members include fire safety consultants, architects, building control officers, representatives of the fire service, and technical experts from universities, fire testing organisations, the building 441W materials industry, and the fire insurance industry. The secretariat is provided by the fire research station. The panel therefore already has available a wide range of experience and expertise, but whenever gaps are identified, steps are taken to fill them.