During a Westminster Hall debate on product safety and fire risk in residential premises, MP for Knowsley George Howarth raised Safer Structure’s policy calls around the enforcement of Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
George presented other members of the debate to CPR – stating that it required all cables sold in the EU to adhere to new, improved common standards which should result in safer, consistent building regulations.
However, George explained, the EU hasn’t been prescriptive in specifying which classification of cable performance should be used for buildings and infrastructure – adding that it is the responsibility of the UK Government to determine what this standard should be.
Outlining the opportunity presented by CPR, George finished by “wholeheartedly” endorsing Safer Structures' founding member Tratos’ recommendations that:
- The UK Regulator should stipulate a minimum requirement of Euro Class for CPR of Cca; and
- That there should be a programme of market surveillance for CPR and cable compliance to ensure that sub-standard cables are eradicated from the market.
Responding, Minister for Small Business Margot James MP acknowledged that George made “important points” regarding cables and the cabling of buildings. The Minister said that she would follow up with colleagues at the Department for Communities and Local Government who have responsibility for building regulations and construction products regarding the points he raised.