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Written Question
Freeports: Scotland
Tuesday 17th January 2023

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to reduce delays in notification of the results of bids for Green Freeports in Scotland; and what assessment he has made of the potential impact of delays in the establishment of Green Freeports on employment, innovation and development opportunities in Scotland.

Answered by Dehenna Davison

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly announced the two winners of the Green Freeports competition: The Forth Green Freeport, and Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport.

With five high-quality applications received, both the UK Government and Scottish Government have been working jointly to consider the bids in full detail.

The tax reliefs offered to Green Freeports will be available for years to come and have a lasting impact on the Scottish economy.


Written Question
Freeports: Scotland
Tuesday 17th January 2023

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what his timetable is for the announcement of successful bids for Green Freeports in Scotland.

Answered by Dehenna Davison

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly announced the two winners of the Green Freeports competition: The Forth Green Freeport, and Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport.

With five high-quality applications received, both the UK Government and Scottish Government have been working jointly to consider the bids in full detail.

The tax reliefs offered to Green Freeports will be available for years to come and have a lasting impact on the Scottish economy.


Written Question
Levelling Up Parks Fund: Scotland
Tuesday 20th December 2022

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to announce how the funding for the Levelling Up Parks Fund will be allocated in Scotland.

Answered by Dehenna Davison

Allocations of the Levelling Up Parks Fund within Scotland is a devolved matter. The overall allocation for Scotland will be announced in due course.


Written Question
Building Regulations
Monday 18th June 2018

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on whether Competent Persons Schemes are incorporating compliance with Construction Products Regulations within their inspection criteria to ensure that any non-compliant or illegal products are not being signed off or overlooked under the overall umbrella of Building Regulations: and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Dominic Raab

Competent person schemes operate under a set of Conditions of Authorisation. One of the Conditions requires them to monitor compliance of their registered installers with the requirements of the Building Regulations 2010. It does not require them to monitor compliance with the Construction Products Regulations. Trading standards bodies are responsible for enforcing Construction Products Regulations requirements.


Written Question
Construction: Regulations
Wednesday 16th May 2018

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has issued guidance to planning authorities on the specification of illegal glass units into windows in historic buildings and Conservation Areas in breach of construction products regulations; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Heather Wheeler

Buildings that are listed or in a conservation area may be subject to specific local policies in relation to replacement windows, and enquiries should be made to the local planning authority in each case. General guidance on planning considerations for conservation areas can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/conserving-and-enhancing-the-historic-environment. Replacement windows also need to comply with relevant Building Regulations’ requirements. Guidance on complying with relevant Building Regulations’ requirements can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/approved-documents.


Written Question
Construction: Trading Standards
Tuesday 8th May 2018

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that trading standards officers enforce the Construction Products Regulations.

Answered by Dominic Raab

As part of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Dame Judith Hackitt is considering the role of products used in construction, and the potential impact on building safety. The review has a particular focus on the construction products used in multi-occupancy, high-rise residential buildings. An interim report was published in 18 December 2017, and a final report will be published in Spring 2018. We will consider any recommendations made by the Review in this area and how they interact with the requirements of the Construction Product Regulations.


Written Question
Housing: Insulation
Wednesday 13th September 2017

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department takes to ensure that the sale and installation of narrow-cavity, low-sightline glass-sealed units into heritage windows is compliant with the Construction Products Regulations 2013.

Answered by Alok Sharma - COP26 President (Cabinet Office)

These units are covered by a harmonized European product standard (EN 1279-5) and so the Construction Products Regulation (EU 305/2011) applies to their manufacture, import and distribution. This regulation sets requirements for placing construction products onto the market, not their installation.

Monitoring compliance and enforcement duties fall to trading standards bodies in England, Scotland and Wales and District Councils in Northern Ireland.


Written Question
Construction Products Regulations 2013
Tuesday 12th September 2017

Asked by: Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department takes to ensure that trading standards departments enforce the Construction Products Regulations 2013.

Answered by Alok Sharma - COP26 President (Cabinet Office)

EU Construction Products Regulations (EU 305/2011) are enforced under the UK Construction Products Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/1387).

Compliance monitoring and enforcement duties fall to local authorities’ Weights and Measures (Trading Standards) in England, Scotland and Wales and District Councils in Northern Ireland. It is for these bodies to determine how they carry out their duties but they follow the Enforcement Concordat (http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file10150.pdf) and the Regulators Compliance Code (http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file45019.pdf).