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Grenfell Tower Fire: Background

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019

This briefing sets out the Government response to the fire at Grenfell Tower which broke out on 14 June 2017, including details of the building safety programme, public inquiry and recovery taskforce.

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On Thursday 6 June 2019 there will be a Backbench Business Committee debate on the response to the Grenfell fire, led by the constituency MP, Emma Dent Coad. An article from the House Magazine from 3 June 2019 by Emma Dent Coad outlines some of the issues that may come up in the debate.

On 14 June 2017 a fire broke out at Grenfell Tower, a 24 storey residential housing block in North Kensington, London. 72 people died as a result of the fire.

The tower, which provided social housing, contained 129 flats. The block was owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea but management of the block was the responsibility of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

The fire appeared to spread rapidly up the building and concerns have been raised over renovations to the building and fire safety measures in place.

This briefing sets out the Government response to the fire, including details of the building safety programme, the ongoing public inquiry and recovery taskforce. It includes relevant press articles from immediately after the fire and from recent months but does not aim to provide comprehensive coverage from the last two years. Parliamentary statements and debates on the issue are also included.

Government information on the fire is available online.

A number of Library briefings provide further information:

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8305

Author: Edward Potton

Topics: Emergencies and disaster management, Emergency services, Housing standards

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