Ministers to consult on flammable cladding ban after Grenfell report backlash
The government has announced it will consult on banning flammable cladding just hours after a furious backlash when a review into the Grenfell Tower inferno failed to recommend such a move.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire also said he will "not hesitate" to ban desk-top studies in building safety tests.
Campaigners branded a report by Dame Judith Hackitt a "whitewash" after it failed to recommend either of the measures.
Speaking in the House of Commons three hours later after the publication of the report, Mr Brokenshire said: "We are consulting on significantly restricting or banning the use of desk-top studies to assess cladding systems."
He added: "Having listened carefully to concerns, the government will consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings."