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Schools: Fire Prevention

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme (a) have and (b) have not included sprinkler systems as part of the build. (248163)

The decision to install sprinkler systems in new schools is one for local authorities to make, in accordance with government guidelines contained in Building Bulletin 100. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 200-01W, which gave information on the first seven schools built under Building Schools for the Future. Currently 50 schools have been opened and although we do not hold information on which of these schools have incorporated sprinkler systems, Partnerships for Schools plan to centrally record which schools have sprinkler systems in the next financial year. I will write to my hon. Friend when this is available.