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Cladding used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the UK, says Hammond


Cladding used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the UK,  says Hammond

Cladding used on Grenfell Tower, which it has been suggested may have been a factor in spreading the blaze, is banned in Britain, the Chancellor has said.

Philip Hammond told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here.

The cladding panels added to the block last year is said to be a product called Reynobond PE - a flammable hard-plastic core coated with aluminium.

Contractors are said to have chosen not to use a fire resistant version that was available - reportedly costing £2 more per panel.

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