The MP and AM for the Vale of Clwyd have issued the following joint statement about the floods which have hit their constituency:
The backbench Assembly Member responsible for a law requiring all new homes to be fitted with sprinklers is taking her message to Europe. Labour's Ann Jones will be speaking at a major Fire safety conference in Paris tomorrow.
Ms Jones' message has also been echoed by a coroner in England who, following this tragic case, has written to the UK housing minister Grant Shapps calling for sprinklers to be fitted in all new and existing multi-occupancy homes.
The Welsh Government's decision to push ahead with a law making it compulsory to fit sprinklers in all newly-built houses in Wales comes despite a report it commissioned from BRE Fire and Security which concludes that it won't be cost effective.
It follows claims from critics who say that the cost of fitting sprinklers will put off developers from building new homes in Wales. But the Labour AM who steered the law through the Assembly has rejected both criticisms. Vale of Clwyd's Ann Jones says,
Long-awaited rules to ensure all new homes are fitted with sprinklers will be introduced from September next year, it's been announced. In a written statement, Environment minister John Griffiths said predictions show that 36 deaths and 800 injuries could be prevented as a result of the move.
Critics including the boss of house-builder Redrow have said the extra cost of fitting sprinklers will put off developers from investing in Wales. But John Griffiths said the costs are more than justified by the lives likely to be saved:
There's been a long wait for news of these rules. The legislation making them possible was introduced by Labour backbencher Ann Jones in 2010. AMs voted unanimously in favour of it last February.