Major fire safety reform--government gives stakeholders more time to prepare.(Round-Up)

The government is to give business and fire safety experts more time to get ready for new regulations. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has put back the coming into force of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, made in June 2005, which will affect all non-domestic premises in England and Wales.

The Fire Minister Jim Fitzpatrick announced in a written statement: 'Despite extensive work with stakeholders it is clear that all the guidance documents will not be ready for a full 12-week gap between publication and coming into force on April 1, 2006.

'In the light of the commitments we have given to the House and our commitment to ensuring this reform is properly backed, we have therefore concluded that the coming into force of the substantive provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order should be put back'. …

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