The second hearing of a London Assembly review of fire safety in tall and timber framed buildings took place this week.

The inquiry followed a number of fires in medium to high rise apartment blocks in the capital, including several in part-finished timber frame construction sites.

The first hearing took place in March and involved Assembly members quizzing a number of industry experts, including UK Timber Frame Association chairman Geoff Arnold.

The consensus of this meeting was not that high rise and timber frame construction should be restricted in London, but that some building standards and fire safety issues needed addressing.

The second hearing addressed implementation of fire safety regulations, the duties of landlords in carrying out fire risk assessment and the role of fire brigades in enforcing firesafety and training for landlords.

The expert panel this time included London Fire Brigade head of fire safety regulation Steve Turek and David Hewett chief executive of the Association fof Residential managing agents.

London Assembly spokesperson Dana Gavin said that the final report from the review was now expected in July.