NEWSNIGHT host Evan Davis was astonished as a Tory Lord claimed private cladding companies were hiding behind intellectual property laws to avoid publicly releasing the results of their safety tests after the Grenfell tower disaster.
Lord Porter of Spalding, a former bricklayer, alleged corporations were running tests on the safety of their high-rise building materials but refusing to share the results.
Releasing the results could allow residents and local authorities to know if their buildings are at risk of a fire following the Grenfell catastrophe which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.
The Lincolnshire lord claimed his worry was that “the public will never have faith on what’s done unless it’s done in a transparent way”.
Speaking on Newsnight, Lord Porter said: “Those results need to be made public. Once the tests are done they need to be made public.
The Lincolnshire lord claimed his worry was that ‘the public will never have faith in what’s done’
He claimed private companies who ran tests on their building materials were “under no obligation” to share the results due to the laws around intellectual property.
The Local Government Association chairman added: “We’ve asked them, I’ve also written to all council leaders to try to get them to insist that part of their contractual base is that those test results are shared.
“The guys who are doing the testing now for the government have said that they can’t share those results because they are subject to intellectual property rights.”