The chancellor, Philip Hammond said on BBC’s Andrew Marr show Sunday that the cladding used on Grenfell tower is “banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here.”
The inferno has claimed at least 58 people’s lives as a cheaper option was used during the refurbishment, had they spent some £5,000 more on proper ‘non-flammable’ cladding this may not have happened, furthermore no sprinklers or fire extinguishers were seen in the block, according to many.
Hammond said to Marr: “My understanding the cladding in question, this flammable cladding that is banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here.
“So, there are two separate questions. Are our regulations correct, do they permit the right kind of materials and ban the wrong kind of materials?
“The second question is were they correctly complied with.
“That will be a question the inquiry will look at, it will also be a question the separate criminal investigation will be looking at.”
The Sunday Times revealed that, “Cladding using a composite aluminium panel with a polyethylene core should not be used for cladding on a building taller than 18m,” according to a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The Mail on Sunday also revealed that the cheap cladding used for Grenfell tower was against the advice of the maker for the tower as it too high, therefore too dangerous on high buildings.
Here is a clip of Philip Hammond on the Andrew Marr show:
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