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Asbestos in Schools

House of Lords and House of Commons Questions

Lords written answer: Schools Asbestos

Schools: Asbestos. 9 Apr 2014 : Column WA309

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool : To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report, Asbestos in Schools, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health; what assessment they have made of the view of the Committee on Carcinogenicity of the vulnerability of children to asbestos; what recent figures they have for the incidence of asbestos-related diseases in children and teachers; and when they intend to publish their response to the evidence submitted to their review of policy on asbestos management in schools.[HL6545]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Nash) (Con): The Department for Education is currently reviewing its policy on asbestos management in schools and intends to publish the outcome of the review by the end of June. The scope of the review includes the conclusions of the Committee on Carcinogenicity’s statement on the relative vulnerability of children and the recommendations from the report Asbestos in Schools: The Need for Action produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health. The Health and Safety Executive publishes figures on asbestos-related deaths—including occupational information—on its website. We do not know of any figures detailing the incidence of asbestos-related diseases in children.

Commons written answer. Schools Asbestos

Mon, 31 March 2014 House of Commons - Written Answer

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will issue to schools specific guidance on removing asbestos from premises. [193714]

Mr Laws: The guidance from the Health and Safety Executive is that, if asbestos is undamaged and unlikely to be disturbed, then it is usually safer to leave it in place and to manage it as required by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. If asbestos is found to be in an unsealed, damaged or poor condition, then it should be repaired, sealed, enclosed or removed using trained personnel. The Department for Education has no plans to issue school-specific guidance.