The Grenfell Tower fire was caused by mistakes and opportunities missed by the government to learn from past fires, according to the public inquiry.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities apologized for any past oversight failures of the system that regulates safety in the construction industry and supervises building control bodies.

An attorney for the Department stated that the Government will engage in a ‘proactive, openly and completely’ manner with the inquiry.

Phase 2 will examine how flat blocks in London became coated with flammable materials. This contributed to the spreading of flames that smashed the tower on June 2017. 72 people were killed.

This phase’s sixth module focuses on building regulations, the guidance published in fire safety and detailed analysis of government policy.

Mistakes and missed opportunities by the Government to learn from previous fires created the environment for the Grenfell Tower blaze, the public inquiry into the disaster has heard

Public inquiry has found that the Grenfell Tower Fire was the result of Government mistakes.

Jason Beer, QC represented the Department and said that it believed it had to examine itself and accept its mistakes and omissions when an inquiry identified them.

The inquiry heard from him on Tuesday. He said that the Department regrets its previous failures with regard to oversight of safety systems for construction and renovation of high-rise structures.

It also regrets its past shortcomings in relation the supervision of building control bodies that played an important role in making sure safe constructions and renovations of such buildings.

“It apologizes to those who have lost loved ones and the survivors of the fire.

He claimed that both the Government and residents of the tower believed that those responsible for building and approval high-rise blocks, and providing the goods used in them, were doing what was right and following the law.

This trust was both misplaced as well as abused, he stated, adding that: ‘The Department regrets that it took Grenfell Tower to reveal this misplaced, and abused trust.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities apologised for past failures in oversight of the system regulating safety within the construction industry and the supervision of building control bodies

For past oversight failures of the safety system for construction and supervision by building control bodies, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has apologized.

He stated that it was accepted by the Department that they’should’ve done more to consider the lessons learned and recommendations made in response to other fires.

Beer explained that while individual mistakes and missed opportunities made by the Department and other industry workers may not have contributed to Grenfell Tower’s fire, the cumulative effect of these actions created an atmosphere in which such a tragic outcome was possible.

He stated that if there had been a system of enforcement with effective assurance, compliance to the Grenfell Tower disaster would have been difficult.

An inquiry heard previously from a lawyer representing the relatives of bereaved families and survivors. He stated that Grenfell was partly caused by an “unbridled passion” for regulation, which led to the sector being permitted to use regulations to help boost housing construction.

Matthew Butt, QC (National House Building Council) stated that it was ‘crucial’ for the construction industry to learn from the Grenfell fire.

Although the Tower was not refurbished by NHBC, its involvement in the construction industry is under investigation as module 6.

Tributes are seen near the base of Grenfell Tower in June 2018, a year after the fire killed 72 people

In June 2018, 72 victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were killed, tributes can be seen at the base.

Butt indicated that it was the opinion of the association that “more had to be done by the entire housebuilding industry, as well by both local and national governments to ensure strict compliance with building regulations and promote fire safety.”

He told the hearing that while it acknowledged its failure to act more quickly and be more assertive with manufacturers, some industry assessments were not as rigorous as they should have.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) also appears in module six. The inquiry heard that the organization is open to any suggestions or findings showing it could do better.

Samantha Leek QC represented the organization. She said that safety and health are ‘essential to what BRE does – in some ways they even form its raison d’etre’.

She said: “Where this module shows there are matters that could have been done more efficiently, BRE acknowledges them, accepts them, and learns from them.”

The inquiry was rescheduled for Wednesday, 10 a.m.