§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he hopes to complete his consideration of changes to the current building standard in relation to timber frame fabrication; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Scottish Office building directorate is currently considering more than 100 detailed responses to proposals for amending the fire provisions in the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations. My right hon. Friend and I are well aware of the interest shown in these proposals by the Scottish timber frame industry and its views are being given very careful consideration along with all the other representations received. The current timetable envisages laying amendments before Parliament next summer to come into force by the end of the year.