List of 13 issues the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster will investigate

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Here is the list of 13 issues which will be investigated by the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Officially opening the inquiry, its chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the list "should be viewed more as a statement of current thinking" rather than a prescriptive list.

The issues, and some brief details highlighting what each will cover, are:

Grenfell Tower's original design, construction, composition

- It will examine whether the tower complied with relevant regulations and legislation.

Subsequent modifications prior to the most recent

- What assessments were made and who was responsible?

Modifications to the interior of the building

- Were any of the modifications inadequate, and where did failures occur?

Protesters outside the Grenfell Tower public inquiry in central London where Sir Martin Moore-Bick is delivered his opening statement
Protesters outside the Grenfell Tower public inquiry in central London where Sir Martin Moore-Bick is delivered his opening statement (Jack Hardy/PA)

Modifications to the exterior of the building 2012-2016 (including cladding and insulation)

- Why were they carried out, and who was responsible for any failures?

The fire and safety measures within the building at the time of the fire

- What fire safety measures were in place and were they compliant with building regulations?

Inspections

- Were inspections compliant with relevant standards?

Governance/Management

- What was the legal relationship between the different persons and organisations who were responsible for fire safety at Grenfell Tower?

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell public inquiry arrives at the High Court in London
Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell public inquiry arrives at the High Court in London (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Communications with residents

- What concerns, warnings and other statements were expressed about the fire safety of Grenfell Tower by its residents or any other person before, at the time of or after the recent renovations, and what was done in response?

Fire advice to residents 2012-14 June 2017

- What was the advice, and was it reviewed regularly?

Response to recommendations

- To what extent did any failure to implement any recommendations relevant to fire risk cause or contribute to the manner and speed of the spread of the fire at Grenfell Tower, the extent of the damage and the number of casualties?

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy (left) arriving for the Grenfell Tower public inquiry in central London
Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy (left) arriving for the Grenfell Tower public inquiry in central London (Victoria Jones/PA)

The fire

- What was the cause of the fire, how did it progress, and what contributed to it?

The response of the emergency services

- What plans and strategies did the fire and rescue service have for dealing with a major fire in a high-rise residential building, and what actions were taken on the night of the blaze, including any "stay-put" policy?

The aftermath

- Was the response of all agencies involved adequate, and if not in what respects was it inadequate?