Schools: Asbestos

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's policy is on the use of asbestos in school buildings.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The use of asbestos in buildings in the UK was banned in 1999 and as such should not be used in the construction of new buildings. Existing asbestos in school buildings should be managed in line with the regulations set in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. To help schools manage any asbestos present in schools the Department for Education currently publishes guidance, which is available online at:

The Department has undertaken a review of its policy on asbestos in schools, the results of which will be published shortly.

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