HC Deb 26 October 1999 vol 336 cc798-9W
Mr. Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to require domestic electrical installations to conform to a national minimum standard; and if he will make a statement. [95572]

Ms Beverley Hughes

My Department has been working with the Building Regulations Advisory Committee and others to develop proposals for amendments to the Building Regulations that would introduce requirements for electrical safety in dwellings. The draft proposals include the publication of approved guidance indicating that following the recommendations in British Standard BS 7671, "Requirements for Electrical Installations" would be a way of achieving compliance. I will announce consultation on these proposals once I am satisfied that they meet our better regulation criteria. Whether to amend the Building Regulations will depend upon the results of this consultation.