HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 cc893-4W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and skills pursuant to his answer of 12 June 2003,Official Report, column 1067W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos. [122989]

Ms Rosie Winterton

I have been asked to reply.

The presence of asbestos is currently recorded in the following buildings occupied by the Department of Health, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies where it has responsibility for the building or building fabric: Department of Health (Wellington House, SE1; Eileen House, SE1; Hannibal House, SE1; Richmond House, SW1; Market Towers, SW8; Premier Buildings, Nelson). Agencies: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (Bristol Avenue, Blackpool). Non-departmental public bodies: National Radiological Protection Board (Chilton, Oxfordshire); National Biological Standards Board (Porton Down).

As part of our preparations for the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations, we continue to identify where in our buildings asbestos is present, to assess the risk and take appropriate action.