The government has said it is “committed to implementing all recommendations” of the Grenfell Inquiry despite MPs voting against Labour’s amendment to the fire safety bill.
Granting the amendment would have implemented the recommendations from phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which were published in October 2019.
The recommendations called for action on building owners or managers to share information with local fire and rescue services about the design, and the materials of the external walls, to undertake regular inspections of individual flat entrance doors and lifts and share evacuation and fire safety instructions with residents of the building.
At the time, then-housing secretary James Brokenshire promised to implement them “in full” and “without delay”. But Conservative MPs voted against the proposals.
But a government spokesman said: “We are doing everything in our power to implement the phase 1 recommendations of the Grenfell Inquiry in the most practical, proportionate and effective way to ensure such a tragedy can never happen again. Our proposals go further than the inquiry’s recommendations in many ways, such as inspection requirements on equipment, on information for residents and on external walls. We are now seeking the views of those most affected by the inquiry before deciding on our final approach.”
On BBC Breakfast on 8 September Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, said: “Grenfell is an extremely important issue. On the day that the judges published recommendations following the first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry we committed to implementing all recommendations and we have set out to do so.
“At the moment we are actually consulting on the technical details of how to do some of those things. We are halfway through the technical consultation so we can listen to residents of social housing, other buildings and the industry to understand the very best way that we can do that.
“As soon as we finish those consultations we will put into law. The amendment would have legislated for things before we had finished listening to the sector as to the best way to do it, and that would have been irresponsible.”
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