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Basingstoke and North West Hampshire MPs discuss fire safety

Kit Malthouse MP and Maria Miller MP

The MPs for Basingstoke and North West Hampshire say they've held positive discussions regarding fire safety in high rise buildings.

Maria Miller met with Kit Malthouse, who's the Government's Housing Minister, to try and make sure residents get better information in the future.

Their discussions come more than a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Ever since the tragedy, Maria Miiller has been campaigning for a change in the law.

She's since withdrawn her private fire safety bill she launched earlier this year, as the Government intends to bring legislation forward.

Basingstoke MP, Maria Miller, said:

“Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy I made enquiries about high rise residential buildings in Basingstoke, both in respect of physical safety and also about residents’ concerns.

“I was also contacted by constituents who had concerns about their safety.

“My focus was on the fact that residents did not feel they had enough information about the safety of their homes, and felt that the building owners and managers were not always transparent about risks highlighted in the fire risk assessment.”
“I am pleased to learn that the Government plans to address these points in legislation in due course, and am therefore withdrawing my Private Member’s Bill.

“The Minister told me that the intention is to empower residents with relevant information about fire safety in their homes, and ensure they have regular opportunities to engage with those responsible for the safety of their homes.

“I will of course look carefully at the legislation when it is brought forward to ensure that it achieves what I was aiming for.”

(Above: The discussions took place more than a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in London)

Minister for Housing and North West Hampshire MP, Kit Malthouse, said:

“Nothing is more important than making sure people are safe in their homes.”

“Following the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety, the Government committed to bringing forward legislation to give residents a stronger voice, particularly when it comes to fire safety.

“We will be setting out an implementation plan for that work in the autumn and we look forward to working with committed MPs like Maria from across the House.”

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