HC Deb 15 January 2002 vol 378 cc207-8W
Ian Lucas

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to monitor the quality of the work of approved independent building inspectors following the introduction of statutory instrument 2532. [26745]

Dr. Whitehead

My Department cannot intervene in specific decisions taken by building control bodies, but we would carefully consider any complaints about the quality of the building control service provided by an inspector approved by the Secretary of State under Part II of the Building Act 1984.

Any complaints about the quality of service provided by inspectors approved under Part II of the Act by the Construction Industry Council would be considered by that council. All inspectors approved under Part II of the Act must periodically apply to the Construction Industry Council for re-approval.

In addition, my Department is participating in the work of the Building Control Performance Standards Advisory Group, which is drawing up proposals for performance indicators that will apply both to approved inspectors and to building control departments of local authorities.