§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what research has been carried out, and by which organisations, into building and other fire safety issues raised by the fire at Knowsley Heights in Liverpool in April 1991. 
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
The Building Research Establishment was commissioned by the Department to investigate the fire at Knowsley Heights. This subsequently led to a programme of research by BRE into the spread of fire in relation to cladding systems, particularly those of the "rainscreen" type. The project included appraisal of some of the hygrothermal properties of cladding systems.