§ Mr. John Garrett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will issue a report on working conditions in HMSO, Sovereign House, Norwich resulting from the use of blue asbestos in the construction of the building.
§ Mr. Armstrong
During building alterations to the two-storey computer block between Sovereign House and Gildengate House analysis confirmed the presence of blue asbestos fibres in the fire protective coating of structural steelwork. Tests showed dust levels in occupied areas to be within permitted limits but as a precaution staff have been moved whilst the alterations are carried out. In the course of the works all blue asbestos will be either removed or completely sealed. So far as can be ascertained no blue asbestos was used in the construction of Sovereign House itself.482W
for which figures are available; and what proportion of the total local authority housing stock these figures represent for each year cited.