HC Deb 25 May 1976 vol 912 cc160-1W
Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the precautions which his Department is requiring local authorities to take where asbestos has been used in the construction of schools and other buildings used for educational purposes.

Mr. Mulley

Advice on the use of materials generally in construction is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, and I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given today to a Question from him by my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Construction. Within this general context, advice to local education authorities and educational establishments on the hazards of asbestos is contained in my own Department's Administrative Memorandum No. 20 of 1967. My Department is in continuing consultation with the Department of the Environment and the Health and Safety Executive on this and possible additional guidance.

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