June 19, 2017 / 10:54 AM / a year ago

London fire inquiry being prepared, PM May knows people want quick answers - spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) - The terms of reference for a public inquiry into a fire at a London tower block that killed 79 people are being drafted and Prime Minister Theresa May knows people want answers quickly on the disaster, her spokeswoman said on Monday.

A woman writes on a wall covered with tributes to and pictures of the victims of the Grenfell apartment tower fire in North Kensington, London, Britain, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The spokeswoman also said the government, which has been accused of a slow and insensitive response to the Grenfell Tower fire, had now contacted all local authorities in England asking them to identify any safety concerns in light of the tragedy.

May did not support a proposal put forward by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party to seize unoccupied properties to rehouse survivors of the fire.

Reporting by William James, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Michael Holden

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