LETTER TO DIRECTORS OF HOUSING
OF METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCILS
Director of Housing
Metropolitan Borough Council
Dear Director of Housing
Potential Risk of Fire Spread in Buildings via
External Cladding Systems
The Environment Sub-committee of the House of Commons
Select Committee on the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs
has resolved to conduct a brief inquiry into a matter of concern
which has been raised with it, namely the potential risk of fire
spread in buildings via external cladding systems. This follows
a fire some two weeks ago in Irvine, in which the Sub-committee
understands one of these cladding systems may have been implicated.
The Sub-committee would like to receive from you
assurances that any cladding systems which may be used on any
buildings, particularly multi-storey tower blocks, in your area
are not in any way susceptible to the risk of serious fire spread
on the face of, or immediately behind the cladding. This should
include an assurance that the full implications of redecoration
- for example with anti-graffiti paint - have been considered.
As this is a relatively short inquiry, we would be
grateful if you would reply as soon as possible, and in any case
no later than Tuesday 6th July.
I enclose a copy of the terms of reference of the
Sub-committee's inquiry, for your reference. If you have any queries
relating to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me
on the above number.
Clerk, Environment Sub-committee