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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what research is being undertaken into substitutes for asbestos; what progress has been made; and if he will make a statement.

A considerable amount of research is being undertaken both in industry and in Government establishments which is either directed at or relevant to the development of substitutes for asbestos. This has led to the commercial availability of other materials for such uses as steel work and pipe lagging and wall boarding. The Health and Safety Commission's Advisory Committee on Asbestos is currently reviewing the whole situation.