All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group

Ronnie King OBE, O St.J, QFSM, F.I.FireE

Workstream Chair

Ronnie King OBE, O St.J, QFSM, F.I.FireE

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The All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group is an informal cross-party interest group which has been in operation for over seventeen years; made up of 29 Members of Parliament and Peers. The Group is very active, well attended and successful, with 13 Peers and MPs having attended its last meeting on 13th September 2016 (reportedly more frequently attended than any other All-Party Parliamentary Group).

Whilst being properly balanced to reflect the parties of Government, it does take a position on some matters which may not always be consistent with Government current policy or direction. However it is keen to work with Government and not to be in conflict with it.

Sir David Amess MP is the Group’s Chairman, with Chris Davies MP and Mary Glindon MP its Co-Vice Chairs. Jim Fitzpatrick MP is the Group’s official Secretary and Peter Aldous MP its Treasurer.

The full list of members is as follows:

There are three former Fire Ministers who are members of the Group (Bob Neil MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP and the Rt. Hon. George Howarth MP) and one former Minister having held responsibility for the Building Regulations (Lord McKenzie of Luton). In addition Teresa Pearce MP is the Shadow Minister with responsibility for Building Regulations and Margaret Ferrier MP is Shadow SNP Spokesperson for the Scotland Office. The July 2016 meeting of the Group was attended by the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP, to discuss the item on Schools Fire Safety (something of a ‘first’ to have a Shadow Secretary of State attend an APPFSRG meeting, but a timely one).

In addition to running Launch/Commemorative Events and Parliamentary seminars in the Houses of Parliament, the All-Party Group meets bi-monthly to consider fire safety & rescue issues to bring to Government’s attention, as well as receiving updates and news of research and important safety matters arising from live incidents.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group has formed a strong relationship with the Fire Sector Federation. This is proving to have been a constructive and positive step to have taken. Individual Fire Sector member organisations have also recently either held Events or given short presentations to the All-Party Group about their work, and the issues which are of concern; including:

Underwriters Ltd. – Hoverboards and counterfeit goods.
National Social Housing Group – Impact of fire on Social Housing
Devon & Somerset FRS (Arson Prevention Forum)
CFOA – High Risk Accommodation
Fire Safe Europe – Stop Fatal Smoke
LFB – Safety of Electrical/White Goods
Structural Timber Association – Recent steps taken.
BSA – A Turner input to Building Regs ADB
LFB – Electrical Fires in consumer units
NSG – Pilkington – Fire Resisting Glazing
The Building Alliance CIC – Masonry and concrete in construction
Angloco Ltd. – National Procurement issues
IOSH – Launch /event commemorating the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London
FIA – Launch Event Research-true cost of AFD systems, 50th Anniversary FIA-100th Anniversary FETA
BAFSA Sprinkler Seminar
CFOA Recycling Waste Seminar
CFOA National Ops Group Seminar.

The All-Party Group has maintained its reputation for activity in Parliament in the past year by holding some 17 meetings, launch events, seminar participation, receptions, EDMs, Backbench business debates, Easter and Christmas Recess Debates, WPQs and Adjournment debates.

Many of these meetings were attended by public and private sector bodies and individuals with fire safety interests. Also the Group facilitated a number of Fire Sector Federation meetings and workstreams, as an indication of the importance it attaches to such work.

The Group has held four separate Ministerial meetings during 2015/16 involving DCLG, Education, Defra and Defence; with Home Office (Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims) planned. Some 25 Ministerial letters have been exchanged, maintaining the initiative for further action with the review of Building Regulations Approved Document B, and the influence over the policy on Schools and special schools, which has been the subject of considerable dialogue and correspondence, culminating in the alarming amendment of BB100, without the involvement of those from the Fire Sector, who were closely involved with the previous review in 2006/7. This has galvanised many in the fire sector against such change, with opinions being ‘voiced’ through the media and national press.

The next meeting will take place in the Houses of Parliament on 6th December 2016.

05-03-15
Sir David Amess MP Letter to Stephen Williams 5th March 2015
Letter from All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group to Stephen Williams MP following his attendance at a meeting
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03-03-15
HANSARD - 3rd March 2015 - The case of Sophie Rosser - Jonathan Evans MP
Hansard review of Westminster debate concerning the case of Sophie Rosser
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02-03-15
Sir David Amess MP Letter to Jo Swinson MP
Letter from All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group to Jo Swinson MP concerning the Furniture And Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988
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04-11-14
Recycling Waste Fires Booklet
Programme from the Recycling Waste Seminar on 4 November 2014
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04-12-13
2 a) ASFP Parliamentary Seminar 4.12.13
A full report from Understanding Fire Safety in Buildings, an Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) Parliamentary Seminar, held in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group and the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) held on 4 December 2013
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04-12-13
2 b) Ministerial Address
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP's opening address at the seminar
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04-12-13
2 c) Fire in modern methods of construction – are we learning the lessons?
Dave Curry, CFOA Prevention, Protection & Road Safety Director
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04-12-13
2 d) Why should getting a fire risk assessment right be a vital management policy?
Peter Gannaway, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group
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04-12-13
2 e) Building in Resilience – Whose Responsibility?
Dr Jim Glockling, Fire Protection Association
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04-12-13
2 f) Why must fire be seen as a holistic issue?
Wilf Butcher, Association for Specialist Fire Protection
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04-12-13
2 g) Driving the need for improved competency in the Built Environment
Dennis Davis, Fire Sector Federation
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04-12-13
2 h) Is now the time for a national fire safety register?
Mike Wood, Passive Fire Protection Federation
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14-12-12
a) Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
A full report from the Fire Safety Enforcement - Fit for Purpose Seminar held on 27 November 2012
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14-12-12
b) Ministerial Address
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP's opening address at the Fire Safety Enforcement seminar
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14-12-12
c) The Fire Futures Review
Paper given by Mike Wood at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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14-12-12
d) Setting the Scene – The legal framework
Paper given by Prashant Popant QC at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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14-12-12
e) The First Steps – A Building Control Perspective
Paper given by Steve Evans at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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14-12-12
f) On-going Control
Paper given by Paul Fuller at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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14-12-12
h) The Regulator’s View
Synopsis of paper given by Brian Martin at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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14-12-12
j) A Retailer’s Perspective
Paper given by Abigail Miller at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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14-12-12
k) A Care Home Provider's Perspective
Paper given by Simone Plaut at the Fire Safety Enforcement Seminar
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