Full details of Grenfell Tower inquiry released

Its first hearing is to take place in September

Full details of Grenfell Tower inquiry released

Grenfell Tower in London | Image: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA Images

The details of exactly what the inquiry into the London Grenfell Tower fire will be examining have now been released.

As well as attempting to establish the cause of the blaze, the public inquiry will also look into the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council before the tragedy took place.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that broader social questions raised by the fire will not form part of the inquiry.

However, she said she was "determined" that the inquiry - led by retired judge Martin Moore-Bick - would not leave those questions "unanswered".

Specifically, the UK government has said that the inquiry will consider:

  • The cause and spread of the fire
  • The design, construction and refurbishment of the tower
  • The scope and adequacy of the relevant regulations relating to high-rise buildings
  • Whether relevant legislation and guidance were complied with
  • The actions of the local authority and other bodies before the tragedy
  • The response of the London Fire Brigade
  • The response of central and local government in the aftermath of the fire

Its first hearing will take place on September 14th.

An initial report will be produced by Easter, after which the British government will make any necessary decisions on future actions.

In a letter to Mrs May, Mr Bick said the need to complete the report quickly - so as to identify safety issues that may exist elsewhere - and the lack of suitability of such issues for a judge-led inquiry meant that social issues should not be examined.

During preparatory consultations, many residents felt the scope of the report would be too narrow, and there were calls for Mr Bick to step down.

There were also calls for greater ethnic diversity on the panel.

But while Mrs May accepted Mr Bick's recommendations in full, she was "very clear" that the omission of the wider issues surrounding social housing policy did not mean that they were seen as a lower priority.

Mrs May said: "It is vital that there is justice for the victims of this appalling tragedy and for their families who have suffered so terribly.

"The terms of reference set out by Sir Martin address crucial issues such as the cause of the fire and the adequacy of building and fire regulations which will allow the inquiry to get to the truth of what happened and learn the lessons to stop a similar catastrophe happening in the future.

"I am determined that the broader questions raised by this fire - including around social housing - are not left unanswered.

"We are taking action with the Housing Minister meeting social housing tenants to discuss the challenges they face and we will be setting out further proposals in due course."

More than 80 people are believed to have died in the fire on June 14th. So far 49 victims have been formally identified by police.