Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 80 - 84)

TUESDAY 20 JULY 1999

MR PETER FIELD, MR TONY MORRIS, MS SARAH COLWELL AND MR MARTYN RICH

  80. Yes. Are you satisfied that really the regulations cover the ageing process satisfactorily?
  (Mr Field) It is very interesting because we have only recently been discussing with the Department this particular issue. We ourselves have recognised there may be a potential problem here. The legislation does not necessarily address that issue at the moment. Whether it is a real problem or not we do not know. Maybe it should be looked at.

  81. Mr Rich, can the residents of a tower block easily identify that your material on the outside comes from your company and that there is not a problem with it?
  (Mr Rich) We cannot obviously put our name on the front of the tower block.

Mr Donohoe

  82. But you would like to.
  (Mr Rich) Yes. The local authority would be able to identify where they purchased the materials from. Most manufacturers like ourselves offer the complete system. In other words, it has all come from one source so there is one source to go back to if there is a problem.

Chairman

  83. You could almost give a guarantee for buildings that you have installed the material on that there is not a problem?
  (Mr Rich) There are some things that are outside our specification. In other words, how windows are treated, what material is used in the glass of the windows, so flame re-entry is always a problem, but on the decorative cladding we are pretty sure that our materials perform very well.

  84. You are saying you provide the whole system but you do not provide the windows?
  (Mr Rich) Yes.

  Chairman: If there are no more questions, can I thank you very much for your evidence?





 
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