First Minister Lavishes Praise on Local AM

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones has been paid tribute by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM for her ‘substantial contribution’ to ground-breaking public safety legislation.

Following the elections in Wales and the subsequent Government of Wales Act in 2006, Ann Jones AM won the opportunity to bring forward a piece of legislation from the back benches – known as a Private Members Bill in England – which sought to make the installation of fire sprinkler systems mandatory in all new homes in Wales.

Following a long and difficult battle to secure the Legislative Competence Order, Ann was then given the opportunity to lay a Measure which would enact the Order.

The Measure has become known as the Domestic Fire Safety Measure (Wales). Ann has worked extremely hard in bringing this piece of legislation to life.

The First Minister has given his commitment for the regulations to be made by September 2013. Following the implementation of the regulations, all new homes built in Wales will require sprinklers.

The First Minister responded to Ann Jones’ remarks which praised the First Minister’s continued leadership, which is being recognised across the UK and Europe, in taking this legislation forward.

The First Minister said:

“I thank the Member for her kind words. She underestimates her own substantial contribution in taking this legislation forward and the years that she has devoted to ensuring that fewer people are killed and injured in fires in years to come.

“I pay tribute to the Member for the work that she has done. I look forward to the regulations becoming law next year. I know that no-one will have greater pleasure in seeing that than the Member herself.”