The Grenfell fire tragedy has raised many questions and a number of inquiries are currently underway. A police investigation, an independent public inquiry into the causes of fire and an independent review of building regulations.
However, the tragedy has also raised wider questions about social housing. The Government has committed to publish a Social Housing Green Paper, which is a consultation document setting out proposals for change. In order to inform our national approach the Prime Minister asked me recently to meet with social housing tenants across the country.
Last week I lead a very well attended debate on Gypsy and Traveller communities in Parliament. The general thrust of the debate from MPs was that whilst we all want to see traveller communities treated with respect and, their children in particular, to have the same life chances as the settled community, illegal encampments are a huge issue for many law-abiding citizens across the country and need to be addressed.