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Schools: Asbestos

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) in how many schools in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point has asbestos been found in the last three years; (303790)

(2) if he will publish Essex County Council's response to his Department's survey of the (a) presence and (b) management of asbestos in schools in Essex; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 7 December 2009]: The Department's survey asked for information on whether schools contain asbestos-containing materials. It also asked questions about asbestos management in local authorities and schools. The Department did receive a response from Essex county council but we are not in a position to publish any of the local authority responses as this information may be required for legal purposes. The Health and Safety Executive is planning follow up investigations in 2010 in a number of local authorities to clarify the information provided.