The former Conservative housing minister warned against increasing fire safety regulations to include sprinklers because it could discourage house building.
As the death toll from the Grenfell Tower blaze rose to 12, it emerged Brandon Lewis, who was recently promoted to immigration minister, declined in 2014 to force building developers to fit sprinklers. 
A sprinkler system would have “undoubtedly” saved lives at the Grenfell Tower blaze, the managing director of the Fire Protection Association told The Independent. 
“Whether they’d have stopped that fire spreading at the speed it did up the outside of that building is another matter,” Jon O’Neill said. 
“But to have had sprinklers in that building would have created an environment where it would have been easier to rescue people and increase survivability.”
Mr Lewis declined to bring in regulation forcing developers to fit sprinklers because he said it was not the Government’s responsibility. 
He told MPs: “We believe that it is …