Brandon Lewis was the Tory Housing Minister in the Conservative/LibDem Coalition. In 2014 as Housing Minister, he declined to require developers to install sprinklers. Instead he told Parliament:
“We believe that it is the responsibility of the fire industry, rather than the Government, to market fire sprinkler systems effectively and to encourage their wider installation. … The cost of fitting a fire sprinkler system may affect house building -- something we want to encourage -- so we must wait to see what impact that regulation has.”
Well Mr Lewis, how does 58 lives sound, for openers? How do several hundred lives sound? Will that be impact enough?