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Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:04 pm on 21st January 2020.

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Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Conservative, Chelmsford 6:04 pm, 21st January 2020

If I may, I will finish the point because this is an important statistic.

Whirlpool has reached out through national media, local media and social media—the radio, the newspaper—to try to find out where those 500,000 appliances are. It has been in touch with 2 million customers, but so far has managed to identify only 105,000 appliances. That means that nearly 400,000 homes in this country today have a washing machine that is at significant risk of fire. I know that the Minister is engaged at the moment, but I ask him to please take seriously the question of how we can improve the ability to find the owners of faulty appliances. Whirlpool and other manufacturers are calling for a mandatory registration scheme. I think this is an area where one small step could potentially save many thousands of lives.