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Question reference: S6W-20022

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 18 July 2023
  • Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 14 August 2023


To ask the Scottish Government how many schools have been identified as containing asbestos, from 2015 to date, (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority.


The Scottish Government does not hold this information. However, local authorities are required to keep an up-to-date record of the location of asbestos in their schools.

Although Health and safety legislation is not devolved to the Scottish Government, we take the issue of asbestos within schools very seriously and expect local authorities to strictly follow Health and Safety Executive recommendations. Moreover, we remain in close contact with the Health and Safety Executive regarding asbestos in schools.