HC Deb 13 June 1995 vol 261 c466W
Mr. Worthington

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the official assessment of the conditions of the Ormeau buildings of the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education; if they meet basic health and safety requirements; and what he proposes to do about them. [27426]

Mr. Ancram

The general fabric and structure of the original building at Ormeau has deteriorated extensively and part of it has been closed for reasons of safety; the general fabric and construction of the Orlit building and the later extension is in reasonable condition, with the exception of the flat roofing. Measures have been taken by the Belfast education and library board to address the essential health and safety problems.

An economic appraisal to examine the institute's most pressing accommodation needs will be commenced shortly by the board. The target date for the completion of the appraisal is October 1995.