Housing: Cladding - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:38 pm on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Lord McColl of Dulwich Lord McColl of Dulwich Conservative 12:38 pm, 22nd September 2020

My Lords, the Government’s pledge of £1 billion to help solve this problem is very welcome indeed. I was a bit puzzled by the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, which said that this £1 billion was unlikely to be sufficient. Did it give any accurate figures to back up this statement?

Do we know what led the Blair Government to allow this dangerous cladding in the first place? In June 2017, Jeremy Corbyn tried to blame this whole subject—and the Grenfell Tower fire—on this Government, and Prime Minister Theresa May had to remind him that the cladding began under the Blair Government.