HC Deb 26 February 1985 vol 74 cc107-8W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidelines he intends to issue to universities, polytechnics and colleges of further and higher education in respect of overcrowding in buildings, lecture rooms and laboratories in connection with safety hazards.

Mr. Brooke

None. University, polytechnic and college authorities, in common with employers in general, have duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act

the planned cash provisions for 1984–85 and 1985–86 (subject, in the case of 1985–86, to parliamentary approval of the Supply Estimates in due course), and the amounts provisionally recommended by the Advisory Board for the Research Councils for 1986–87 and 1987–88. Final advice on the distribution of the science budget in 1986–87 will be given to my right hon. Friend in late 1985, and for 1987–88 in late 1986.

The cost terms figures (table 2) have been derived from the figures in table 1 by applying the GDP deflator, using 1983–84 as the base year.

1974 towards the safety both of their employees and of others who use their premises; and they are aware of this. Publications from the Department give guidance on achieving good practice in the provision and use of teaching accommodation.