§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in the light of the Summerlands fire disaster in the Isle of Man, she will issue a circular to education authorities indicating the virtues of polyester/glass fibre sheet reinforced by a diamond mesh of expanded metal as a vandal and fire resistant material suitable for many educational uses.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
As soon as the report of the official inquiry on the Summerland fire is available I shall consider what guidance should be given to local education authorities. Meanwhile my hon. Friend may like to know that the use of acrylic material in the Summerland manner would not conform to the recommendations of my Department's Building Bulletin No. 7 which deals with fire and the designs of schools.