Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:21 pm on 26th June 2017.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood 5:21 pm, 26th June 2017

Between 2010 and 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government reduced its staff capacity by a higher proportion than any other Department—almost 40%. As a member of the Communities and Local Government Committee in the previous Parliament, I saw that in many areas the Department is clearly very stretched. Will the Secretary of State confirm that the number of staff in the Department is being increased, so that it can co-ordinate the national response to all aspects of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in an efficient and timely manner, including providing emergency support to any council that requests it?