HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 c368W
Mr. Welsh

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what tests or surveys he has undertaken to ascertain the incidence in Scotland of the use of blue asbestos or similar materials in past construction; and if he is satisfied that there is no cause for concern in this matter.

Mr. McElhone

Blue asbestos was widely used as a building material for many years; its use ceased in 1970. Available evidence suggests that health hazards from installed asbestos arise only when the material becomes worn or damaged and is exposed to the air. The Scottish Development Department is in touch with both the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of the Environment on the advice to be given to building owners.