NFCC Submission to Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Government has set up an independent public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower. To assist the Inquiry and draw up terms of reference, a consultation was held with people affected by the fire. Organisations and partners were also invited to respond. 

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has put forward a submission to the Inquiry, outlining what it thinks should be included in the terms of reference to help shape the Inquiry. The submission can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. 

The Chair - Sir Martin Moore-Bick - will then make a recommendation to the Prime Minister, who will take the final decision on the terms of reference. The purpose of the Inquiry is to discover what happened at Grenfell Tower and to make recommendations to prevent a similar tragedy happening again.

He said: “I am determined to establish the causes of the tragedy, and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt. To do this, the Inquiry will need to examine all relevant circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower, in order to understand its causes and prevent such a tragedy ever happening again. To produce a report as quickly as possible, with clear recommendations for action, I will listen to people and consider a broad range of evidence, including on the role of the relevant public authorities and contractors, in order to help me answer the important questions.”

Updates about the Inquiry will be published on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry website. 

The Inquiry will examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. It will establish the facts and will make recommendations as to the action needed to prevent a similar tragedy happening again. The Inquiry will be independent. It will be for the Chair to decide what documents should be produced and who should give evidence.
The Inquiry will examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. It will establish the facts and will make recommendations as to the action needed to prevent a similar tragedy happening again. The Inquiry will be independent. It will be for the Chair to decide what documents should be produced and who should give evidence.


The Chair will gather evidence, including:

  • considering reports by the police, the fire brigade, safety experts and others;
  • obtaining all relevant documents from whatever sources; and
  • contacting anyone who may have relevant information to give and who may be called as a witness.

After the Chairman has obtained all of the available evidence, he will prepare a report for the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has undertaken to publish the report in full and send it to Parliament.

The Inquiry will produce a preliminary report as soon as possible, which is expected to provide answers to the most urgent questions affecting the safety of tower blocks. The full report will take a while longer, but the Inquiry will work as quickly as it can.

  • Martin Moore-Bick has been appointed as the Chair of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • He was called to the Bar in 1969 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986.
  • He was appointed to the High Court in 1995 and to the Court of Appeal in 2005.
  • During his twenty years as a judge he heard a wide variety of commercial, civil and criminal cases.
  • He retired as a Lord Justice of Appeal in December 2016.
  • Please read more information about the Inquiry Team

NFCC Grenfell Tower Inquiry submission