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Labour 'would fit all new schools with sprinklers'

A FUTURE Labour government would ensure all new school buildings are fitted with sprinklers, the party announced today.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said Labour would also remove asbestos and flammable cladding from schools under a £14 billion plan to ensure safe classrooms.

She said government figures showed fewer than three in 10 schools in England built under a major programme had sprinklers.

In a parliamentary answer to Ms Rayner, Schools Minister Nick Gibb admitted less than 30 per cent of the Priority Schools Building Programme projects which were centrally funded had sprinklers.

A Department for Education spokesman said it had asked bodies responsible for school safety to carry out fire safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell tower disaster.


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