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Date published: 05/02/2009
9 out of 10 schools in Greater Manchester contain asbestos and reports suggest that the figure is similar for schools across the country.
Mr Rowen believes that some authorities are taking the issue more seriously than others. "I am pleased that my own council of
The MP has renewed his call for an immediate, nationwide audit on asbestos in schools. He told a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on asbestos: "The fact remains that the main way that this is currently being dealt with is by demolishing schools and building new ones. On the Government's track record of investing in school buildings, this will take decades.
"The presence of asbestos in schools should be at the top of all Councils' agendas. I am calling for an immediate audit and an increase in the level of staff dedicated to asbestos monitoring, especially in schools."