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Buildings head dies on holiday


THE GOVERNMENT official in charge of building regulations has been killed in a cycling accident while on holiday in Scotland.

Anne Hemming, head of the buildings division at the Department for Communities and Local Government, died in hospital last week.

Ms Hemming took over the department from Paul Everall in July 2004. She oversaw the introduction of the new Part L regulations on thermal efficiency and worked on the Sustainable Buildings Code.

She was also head of landfill policy at Defra and had worked for the prime minister's strategy unit on a new waste policy.

John Tebbit, the Construction Products Association's technical director, said: 'People in the industry had a lot of respect for her and she will be missed.'

DCLG minister Baroness Andrews said: 'She was a very talented, committed and valued member of the team. She will be sorely missed.'