EVERY family left homeless by the Grenfell Tower tragedy will be 'guaranteed' a new home nearby, Reading West's MP has promised.

Housing Minister Alok Sharma was appointed to the job on Tuesday, the day before the fatal blaze broke out.

"I can also tell colleagues that in the department we have already started talking to local authorities and housing associations on how we can get help in getting checks done quickly on the buildings that there are currently, so that work is under way and will set out more details about that later on today," he said.

"Can I just be absolutely clear and reiterate what Nick (Hurd) has said is that we're going to be working with the local authority and the Government to guarantee that every single family from Grenfell House will be rehoused in the local area.

"That is a very clear reassurance which I hope colleagues will feel is useful."

Mr Hurd told MPs that resources were not an issue, adding: "Every conversation I've had, either with the emergency services or with the local authorities, my question is 'what do you need?'"

He said the inquiry would leave "no stone unturned" and explained that ministers "completely understand" the shock and horror people felt at the tragedy.

MPs would normally expect to hear a ministerial statement on a tragedy of this scale in the House of Commons but this is not possible because Parliament has not yet formally reopened following the snap election.

The informal ministerial statement was not initially televised before the cameras were switched on after more than 40 minutes.

Labour Jeremy Corbyn said Kensington is a "tale of two cities", adding: "The south part of Kensington is incredibly wealthy, it's the wealthiest part of the country.

"The ward where this fire took place is, I think the poorest ward in the whole country.

"And properties must be found, requisitioned if necessary, in order to make sure those residents do get rehoused locally.

"It cannot be acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats kept as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live.

"I think we have to address these issues."

Earlier, Mr Corbyn said: "There are thousands of tower blocks around our country, there are hundreds of thousands of people living in tower blocks all over this country.

"Every single person living in a high-rise building today will be frightened, will be traumatised and will be very, very worried.

"So, setting up a public inquiry - good. Let's make sure it's speedy, it's open and that the residents' groups and residents concerned get the support they need to be represented at that inquiry."

MPs heard 17 people are confirmed to have died and 34 casualties treated in London hospitals as a result of the fire.