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School Sprinkler Systems

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average additional cost of sprinkler systems in new school buildings built by local authorities; and if he will make a statement. (77456)

Last autumn, the Department commissioned the Building Research Establishment to carry out a cost benefit analysis study of installing sprinklers in schools. This will include a quantitative assessment of the costs and benefits of fitting automatic fire suppression systems in new schools, based on actual system costs and proposed system costs. It should therefore provide reliable figures for the costs of installing sprinklers in schools.

The study is continuing and we expect to receive the final report within two months.