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S5W-09827: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00595 by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities on 20 June 2017 (Official Report, c. 5), how often technical changes have been made to the building standards and guidance that is issued to local authorities in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 3 July 2017

Scottish Government keeps the building regulations and supporting guidance under regular review. The guidance on fire safety measures for new buildings was changed in October 2010. Minor changes were made in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The changes introduced are available on the Scottish Government website via the following link:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/publications/pubverletts

Scottish Government have also issued additional supporting guidance and letters to local authority chief executives regarding the following:

  • water supply for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, 27 July 2011;

  • external wall insulation, 1 Nov 2013;

  • whisky maturation warehouses- automatic fire suppression systems, 5 February 2015; and

  • fire engineering notification, 22 May 17.

These letters are available on the Scottish Government website via the following link:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/publications/pubverletts