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Schools: Fire Prevention

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to install sprinklers in existing and new-build primary and secondary schools. (150408)

Our policy is that all new primary and secondary schools will have fire sprinklers installed. The decision should be taken based on a risk analysis. There may be a few cases where new schools are at a low risk of fire and that sprinklers would not represent good value for money. The risk analysis and cost- benefit analysis tools we have recently published to help clients decide whether or not to install sprinkler systems in schools can also be used to determine whether or not an existing school should have sprinklers fitted, as part of a major refurbishment project.