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School Buildings

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he gives to local education authorities on the installation of fire sprinklers in (a) new schools, (b) extensions to schools and (c) existing school premises; and if he will make a statement. (93262)

Guidance on the installation of fire sprinklers in schools is included in the Department's Managing School Facilities Guide 6, “Fire Safety" (see www.teachernet.gov.uk/fire), published in 2000.

We include further information on sprinklers in our new guide Building Bulletin 100 (BB 100), "Designing and Managing Against the Risk of Fire in Schools". This is still in draft form and is being revised following public consultation. One of the messages that came back from that exercise was the need for the Department to issue more detailed guidance on the use of sprinklers in schools. Consequently we commissioned a further study to be carried out.

Work on this is nearing completion and further guidance on sprinklers will be incorporated in the final version of BB 100. We expect to publish this early in 2007.