Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety

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

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 5:21 pm, 26th June 2017

The truth is that we in this country have for far too long tried to do social housing on the cheap, and in the end that decision by this country has killed people. I fully understand why the priority now is primarily residential property, but my hon. Friends are absolutely right: there are workplaces, too, that are probably dangerous. Indeed, the fire at the Glasgow School of Art showed that very old buildings are sometimes in the most danger, because they have lots of timber walls and floors that can easily spread fire from one part of the building to another. This building is one such. We have had hundreds and hundreds of warnings, but we have not acted on them. We have a fire alarm system so antiquated that it no longer works. When will the Government make sure that we do the work that this building needs?