IN PARLIAMENT – WRITTEN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON STEP-FREE ACCESS AT STATIONS IN DULWICH AND WEST NORWOOD / GRENFELL DISASTER

Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department’s Inclusive Transport strategy published on 25 July 2018, what plans he has to support the introduction of step-free access at all rail stations in the Dulwich and West Norwood constituency.

Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The Inclusive Transport Strategy, included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme to 2024 with an additional £300m of funding from the public purse.

For stations to be included in the programme they need to be nominated by the industry by 16 November this year. Southern and Southeastern Train Operating Companies will be responsible for nominating individual stations in Dulwich and West Norwood.  (Source: TheyWorkForYouHansard source Citation: HC Deb, 6 September 2018, cW)

GRENFELL TOWER DISASTER – ACM CLADDING

Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department took prior to 2017 to assess whether both industry and officials of his Department fully understood Government guidance on the use of ACM cladding issued in Approved Document B.

Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department took as a result of the warning issued by attendees at a meeting of a fire group hosted by the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology on 2 July 2014 that Approved Document B guidance on cladding was not clear.

Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Officials from the Department regularly meet with trade bodies and other representative bodies in order to discuss the application of building regulations to assist them in developing advice for their members. For example, in 2015 the Building Control Alliance, a group made up of representatives of building control bodies across England and Wales, issued advice to its members on the guidance on cladding systems. The steps which the Department took in relation to the guidance in Approved Document B are matters for the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. (Source: TheyWorkForYou Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 September 2018, cW)

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