Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs First Report



28 June 1999

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.

Yours sincerely

Clerk, Environment Sub-committee

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