Following the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower, I have written to the Prime Minister to ensure our fire safety laws are fit for purpose and are enforced correctly.
Last week I wrote to Jacqui Gedman, the Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, to seek reassurance that all due care and attention was made in the building and refurbishment of tower blocks in Huddersfield and ensure that residents have been given thorough and correct safety advice.
I have also written to both Kirklees Council and Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, about fire safety in Schools. In particular I want to ensure that all new schools have been fitted with sprinklers.
Advice from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to concerned residents living in high-rise buildings in West Yorkshire can be found here: http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/news/advice-to-concerned-residents-living-in-high-rise-buildings-in-west-yorkshire/
My thoughts are with the residents of Grenfell Tower and their families and I give my thanks to the fire crews and other emergency services who have worked so hard during this awful incident.
I am writing in reference to the appalling fire which occurred last night in a tower block in London to seek your assurances regarding similar properties in Huddersfield.
The cause of this tragic fire is yet to be discovered and disclosed. However, much talk has been made of the recent refurbishments made to the building and some speculation has been made of the recent addition of cladding to the building. I am aware that refurbishments have been made to some buildings in Huddersfield including but not limited to Harold Wilson Court.
I am writing to seek your reassurance that all due care and attention was made in the building and refurbishment of tower blocks in Huddersfield to ensure that all materials used were suitably fire retardant. You will also be aware that residents in the Grenfell Tower in London were advised to remain inside their flats in the case of a fire. It appears that this advice has led to residents becoming trapped inside the building.
Please can you also confirm that residents in similar blocks in Huddersfield will receive updated guidance on fire evacuation procedures in due course?