HC Deb 29 June 1979 vol 969 cc348-9W
Mr. Goodhew

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to remove the asbestos lining from the roof of the Chamber of the House.

Mr. Heseltine

Although the lining was completely resealed last year, it was agreed that the asbestos should be removed as soon as practicable. The work, which has been planned in association with the Health and Safety Executive and the House authorities, will start at the beginning of the Summer Recess to be completed in 10 weeks. In the interests of safety, the Chamber will be closed for seven weeks. However, the work is being planned in such a way that, throughout this period, the work can be stopped at short notice and the Chamber be brought back into use if required within five days.