MPs are to quiz construction industry experts on what immediate changes should be made to Building Regulations to make residential tower blocks safe
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee hearing will follow last week’s publication of Judith Hackitt’s post-Grenfell review of Building Regulations, which was criticised for failing to recommend a ban on combustible cladding on high-rise towers.
The committee said that it would take evidence on changes that could be made quickly to improve residents’ safety in such buildings.
Committee chair Clive Betts said: ‘While we agree with the review that there needs to be a shift in culture in the building industry, it is vital that the government moves quickly to implement immediate changes to improve the safety of tower blocks.
‘We want to find out what needs to be done now, such as the banning of combustible cladding, as well as ways of changing the long-term approach of the industry.’
He said that by taking evidence before the summer recess, the committee hoped the government would be able to consider the findings as part of its consultation on banning cladding, which was announced after the outcry following the Hackitt report.
The committee plans to hear from representatives from the construction industry, fire safety experts, and other stakeholders as well as the government.
After the review was published, the committee wrote to housing secretary James Brokenshire, calling for an immediate ban on the use of combustible cladding in high-rise buildings.