I have been contacted by a number of constituents as part of a 38 Degrees campaign regarding concerns over asbestos in schools.
I was very concerned to hear that deaths from asbestos related lung cancer among teachers and support staff are on the rise - with research reportedly showing that up to 86% of schools contain asbestos.
It is clear that action needs to be taken to address the serious health and safety concerns being raised and I note the call for the Government to introduce and implement a policy for the phased removal of all asbestos from schools to be completed by 2028, starting with the most dangerous asbestos. MP's recommended this in 2012 and yet still no action has been taken.
I wrote out to the Department for Education to put forward the concerns raised with me by constituents and I include below the response I received.