In the Chamber: 6th December – Question on New-Build Social Housing (Sprinkler Systems)

David’s question on New-build Social Housing (Sprinkler Systems)
Scottish Parliament
6 December 2018
New-build Social Housing (Sprinkler Systems
David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Labour):
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its position on legislating to ensure that all new-build social housing has working sprinkler systems installed.
The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning (Kevin Stewart):
The Scottish Government confirmed on 20 June that, during the current parliamentary session, it will take forward David Stewart’s proposal for a member’s bill requiring new-build social housing to be fitted with automatic fire-suppression systems.
Consideration is on-going to scope a legislative timeline for how best to take the bill forward.
I have met Mr Stewart to discuss the issue, and I would be happy to meet him again in the coming weeks to update him personally.
David Stewart:
The minister will be well aware that, in Scotland, there has never been a case of multiple fire deaths where a working sprinkler has been in place.
As the Parliament will know, my member’s bill proposal received support from five political parties and nearly 60 members.
I also acknowledge the support of the minister in the process.
Will legislation be in place so that new social housing will have that crucial safety technology installed by 2021?
Kevin Stewart:
I am grateful to David Stewart for his co-operation throughout our discussions.
The commitment that I gave him at that time was to ensure that we would have legislation in place so that new-build properties in the social sector beyond 2021 will be fitted with automatic fire-suppression systems.
As I said, I am more than happy to meet David Stewart to update him on where we are and how we will deal with that timeline.