HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 c480W
Mr. Cawsey

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to make smoke alarms in rented property a legal requirement. [142776]

Phil Hope

The Housing Bill 2003 provides that a local housing authority can impose as a condition for a house in multiple occupation to be licensed under Part 2, or for any house subject to selective licensing under Part 3 of the Bill, that the property is equipped with smoke alarms. Schedule 4 of the Bill provides that it is mandatory condition that where smoke alarms are installed they are properly maintained.