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Tower Blocks: Cladding - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:32 pm on 22nd January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Sterling of Plaistow Lord Sterling of Plaistow Conservative 3:32 pm, 22nd January 2019

My Lords, over the years the fire brigade has been a key factor in planning. That has changed dramatically. To what degree has the fire service been involved in looking at not just cladding but electrics—mentioned earlier—and escape methods? Can the law be changed in such a way that the fire brigade will always be brought in at the early stages of planning, when life was a safer bet?