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Schools: Fires

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps he has taken to improve fire safety in schools. (318627)

[holding answer 26 February 2010]: DCSF has comprehensive guidance on fire safety in schools on its fire safety portal at:

www.teachernet.gov.uk/fire

In March 2007 the then Schools Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Dorset (Jim Knight), announced the Government's new policy on sprinklers and their value as a measure against arson. He said:

“It is now our expectation that all new schools will have fire sprinklers installed. However, we do not intend to make this a compulsory measure. There may be a few cases where local authorities or other promoters of schools consider that sprinklers are not needed. If so, they will need to be able to demonstrate that such schools are low risk and that sprinklers would not represent good value for money.”