Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.
National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities. Grief turned to outrage Friday amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the i.
In addition to debate over the cladding, questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents. "People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".
There have been demands for answers as to how the blaze was able to engulf the 24-storey building, trapping many on the upper floors, along with complaints that not enough was being done to provide assistance for people left homeless or information about those still missing.
At least 70 people, including children and entire families, have been reported missing following the fire.
The NHS has confirmed 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition, from the Grenfell Tower inferno are still being treated at four London hospitals.
This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.
There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.
The anger over the treatment of residents from the Grenfell Tower fire spilled on to the door step of Downing Street.
Officials expressed little hope of finding survivors.
The pictures appear to show the devastating impact of the fire which tore through the building in west London, with more than 200 firefighters sent to the scene.
She and Prince William visited fire survivors on Friday. There is ample food and water, but very little privacy or proper bedding.
Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a unsafe fire risk. "Luckily we didn't believe [the phone operator] and got out quickly", Waewta said, noting that it took a while for rescuers to reach them.