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Phase 1 Grenfell Fire Report (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

With the Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry highlighting multiple errors and oversights by the London Fire Brigade, what actions are you taking to ensure these multiple failures are remedied, to ensure such mistakes and errors never occur again during a major incident?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry (GTI) phase 1 report has made a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring nothing like the tragedy at Grenfell Tower ever happens again. I accept all the report’s recommendations, and I will do everything within my power to ensure they are implemented.

Dany Cotton will retire at the end of December, and, subject to the London Assembly confirmation hearing process, Andy Roe will become London Fire Commissioner on 1 January 2020. Andy brings a wealth of experience to the role, including from the Grenfell Tower fire, at which he took the decision to revoke the ‘stay put’ advice minutes after becoming incident commander.

The GTI report is clear there are significant lessons for London Fire Brigade, and I will be working with Andy to make the changes needed. I will be publishing regular updates on progress against each of the recommendations, consulting with the community and other stakeholders – including the London Assembly – throughout the process.