Grenfell fire inquiry scope confirmed

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the scope of the Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry this morning (Tuesday, 15 August).

May has accepted the terms of reference as set out by inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who submitted his recommendations to the PM on 10 August after conducting a series of public consultations.

The scope of the public inquiry will include:

  • the cause and spread of fire
  • the design, construction and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower
  • the scope and adequacy of the relevant regulations, legislation and guidance
  • the actions of the local authority and other bodies before the tragedy
  • the response of the London Fire Brigade; and
  • the response of the central and local government in the aftermath.

The first preliminary hearing is expected to be held on Thursday, 14 September in the Connaught Rooms in Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA.

The public inquiry panel will also be briefed on crucial developments in the independent reviews into building regulations and fire safety announced earlier this month.

Broader issues not included

The scope of the inquiry will not cover the broader socio-political issues raised during the public consultations, such as examining social housing policy or the relationship between local residents and the council/TMO, as that would add significantly to the length of time needed by the inquiry to complete its work.

In his letter to the PM on 10 August, Sir Martin highlighted those issues would not be suitable for a judge-led inquiry and should be examined by “a different kind of process or body” that could run parallel with the public inquiry.

Theresa May’s letter to the inquiry chair can be read in full here .