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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14746: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that, because of errors in the safety testing method, the combustible plastic insulation that was used on Grenfell Tower was certified as suitable for high-rise buildings, what consideration it has given to removing the same test as a route to compliance with Scottish building standards.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 28 February 2018

It is important to stress that the recent reports concerning the insulation material installed within the cladding system of Grenfell Tower are not a criticism of the actual fire test methodology and relate only to discrepancies within the test report of the actual fire test.

However as part of the review of fire safety in building standards the Scottish Government have commissioned research to assess the continued suitability of the reaction to fire tests currently cited in Scottish building regulations. The research is expected to be completed by the end of March 2018 and findings will be considered as part of the on-going review.