Southend West MP speaks at Second Reading of Fire Safety Bill

On Wednesday 29th April, Sir David Amess, in his capacity as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fire Safety and Rescue, spoke at the Second Reading of the Fire Safety Bill. This Bill forms part of the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, and during his speech Sir David paid tribute to the devastating tragedy that took place on 14th June 2017.

On behalf of the APPG, Sir David welcomed the Bill’s requirement that owners and managers of multi-occupancy residential buildings in England and Wales, reduce the risk of fire through unsafe materials on the external walls of buildings and individual flat entrance doors.

Sir David also expressed his support for the fact that the Bill essentially closes a legal loophole which left it unclear whether fire safety legislation applied to certain parts of multi-occupied residential buildings, such as structure and external walls.

After his speech Sir David said, “I was delighted to speak at the Second Reading of this vital Bill today. I am pleased to see the Bill provide reassurances to residents that the Government is learning lessons from the Grenfell Tragedy and taking steps to improve safety and I look forward to the Government working with the APPG on Fire Safety and Rescue in the future.”

To watch Sir David's speech in full, visit: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/f733613c-76ac-4b32-99d8-20ff9e3eb0fe?in=15:22:02