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Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:09 pm on 21st January 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing 4:09 pm, 21st January 2020

That is precisely why new legislation is required to enable action where it is needed. [Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman grimaces, but I take the argument and the principle from a recommendation of the Select Committee of which he was a member, which said in a unanimous report that for privately owned residential homes, if a landlord ultimately will not keep the properties up to scratch, a local authority should have the power to take over those properties and make them good. If the principle can apply for individual properties, it can apply for tower blocks when something this serious and urgent is required.