Examination of Witnesses (Questions 37
TUESDAY 20 JULY 1999
37. Could I welcome you to the second session
this morning and ask you to identify yourselves for the record,
(Mr Field) Peter Field, Deputy Director
of the Fire Research Station. On my right is Sarah Colwell, from
the Fire Research Station, and Tony Morris also from the Fire
(Mr Rich) Martyn Rich. I work for a company that supplies
overcladding systems in the UK, and have done successfully for
the past 18 years.
38. First of all, do any of you want to make
a statement to the Committee, or are you happy for us to go to
(Mr Field) Just a point of clarification, Chairman.
The Fire Research Station is part of BREpart of the privatised
Buildings Research Establishment since 1997. Mr Morris is an expert
in the field of fire spread and has been for some 30-40 years;
and Ms Colwell is co-author of the report on the FRS test method
for assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems.
39. I think you have all listened to what was
said by the first set of witnessesis there anything you
want to comment on which they said which you strongly disagree
(Mr Field) Again a point of clarification in respect
of the system perceived to have been involved in the Irvine fire,
and whether or not the test method we have worked on would be
appropriate to look at that. It is true to say that the test we
have developed looks at total cladding systems. It is not clear
from what we have heard whether or not the Irvine system is of
this nature. Notwithstanding that, we believe the test facility
itself could be accommodated to access the fire performance of
systems which are not the same as total cladding systems and may
involve windows and decorative panels.