HC Deb 24 July 2002 vol 389 c1211W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to introduce new fire safety legislation. [70777]

Mr. Leslie

We intend to publish shortly a consultation document giving details of our proposals to reform fire safety legislation by means of a Regulatory Reform Order under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. The aim of the reform is to simplify, rationalise and consolidate fire safety law. It would provide for a risk-based approach to general fire safety allowing more efficient, effective enforcement by the fire service and other enforcing authorities. It would reduce the burden on business by removing the confusion caused by overlapping fire safety regimes. We hope to make the Order next year.