08 February 2012
MP calls for nationwide asbestos audit in schools
A nationwide audit should be conducted by the government to establish how much asbestos remains in schools across the country.
That is according to Ian Lavery - Labour MP for Wansbeck and president of the National Union of Mineworkers - who has called on the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance to launch such an investigation, MSN reports.
Mr Lavery believes that many children's lives are potentially being put in danger because the level of this lethal substance - which can cause conditions such as mesothelioma and pleural plaques - in school buildings is unknown.
With this in mind, he urged the administration to foster a new culture of transparency when it comes to asbestos.
"In terms of openness we have a huge problem. The presence and incidents of asbestos fibre release is often played down," he noted.
The official went on to say it is "accurate to suggest" that many parents and members of staff at schools are currently not aware of whether or not asbestos is present in schools.
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