HC Deb 18 January 1999 vol 323 c303W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the review of Part H of the Building Regulations will be concluded. [65889]

Mr. Raynsford

The review of Part H of the Building Regulations commenced last year with the preparation of outline proposals for issues which need to be addressed in the review. These proposals will be considered by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) at their next meeting in February following which officials in my Department will prepare detailed proposals for their consideration later in the year.

Proposals for amendments will subsequently be subject to full consultation as required by Section 14 of the Building Act 1984. The papers for this should be ready towards the end of this year, and the subsequent period of consultation will be 3 months. The proposals will be re-considered by BRAC in the light of comments made during consultation and, if found necessary, amendments will be made to the Approved Document to Part H and, possibly, the Building Regulations. The review should thus be complete by the end of next year.

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