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CIC concern at lack of fire regs co-ordination

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The Construction Industry Council has criticised proposed building regulation amendments for their failure to address split responsibilities over fire controls. In a response to the detr over a new Part B, the council expresses 'disappointment' that no attempt is being made to establish all policy responsibility for fire safety as lying with the department's Building Regulations Division.

It also criticises the lack of reference to extending the regulations to cover physical fire safety measures - ie detection and alarm systems and fixed fire-fighting installations. It notes that the Home Office is carrying out its own review of fire safety legislation 'apparently without the involvement of the detr', and that says council members are concerned about 'separate and divergent initiatives'.

The cic, which represents 19,000 firms through a variety of organisations and professions (including the riba), has been calling for an end to overlapping responsibilities in this area since 1994.

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