Iain Duncan Smith welcomes actions being taken following Grenfell Tower fire

22nd June 2017

Iain Duncan Smith speaking in the House of Commons on 22 June 2017

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the Queen's Speech, Iain Duncan Smith welcomes the actions the Government is taking following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower and he asked the PM to look at whether the whole process of retrofitting old tower blocks is viable at all and at whether there is a better way to house and support tenants in these areas without the use of the many incredibly badly designed and very faulty tower blocks.

Mr Duncan Smith has written to the Chief Executive's of Waltham Forest and Redbridge seeking their assurances that the proper checks are being carried out and that all tower blocks in the area are safe and habitable.

I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement and the actions she said that she and the Government will take. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered so terribly and who will continue to suffer in the days to come.

I ask the Prime Minister to add one further remit to the public inquiry: to look at whether the whole process of retrofitting old tower blocks is viable at all and at whether there is a better way to house and support tenants in these areas without the use of the many incredibly badly designed and very faulty tower blocks. Will she ask the public inquiry to look carefully at whether it is feasible to bring some of the blocks down and provide more family friendly housing?

 

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his remarks. He suggests that the inquiry should go a great deal further than looking into this particular instance. We will ensure that the survivors and local residents have an input into the terms of reference of the inquiry so that they can have confidence in it and know that it will produce the results and justice that they need. I will reflect on my right hon. Friend’s comments, but it is important, primarily, that the local residents have confidence in the terms of reference of the inquiry and feel that it will get to the truth as they need it.

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