The consultation will run until 14 August

James Brokenshire

A consultation on banning the use of combustible cladding has been launched by government.

Speaking in parliament, housing secretary James Brokenshire (pictured) published the consultation on the use of combustibles on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres or over today.

Brokenshire said: “The Grenfell Tower fire was an appalling tragedy and we must do everything we can to ensure a disaster like this never happens again.

“I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation.

“The cladding believed to have been used on Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing building regulations. It should not have been used. But I believe that the changes on which we are consulting will offer even greater certainty to concerned residents and to the construction industry.”

The consultation, which will close on 14 August, is inviting views on proposals to revise the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials in the inner leaf, insulation and cladding that are used in external wall systems on high-risk buildings.

Residents, industry and other interested parties will now be able to have their say on proposals affecting the safety of homes.

The government is legally required to consult on substantive changes to the buildings regulations before any change in the law.

Brokenshire and prime minister Theresa May have come out in favour of a ban in recent weeks, saying the government was supportive of outlawing the controversial materials in the days after Dame Judith Hackitt published her independent review on building safety last month.

Despite not recommending a ban in her report, Hackitt said she would support a government ban.