An education committee hearing will look at the issue of asbestos in schools for the first time today.
Seventy five per cent of all schools in the UK have asbestos, rising to 90 per cent in parts of Manchester and Wales.
Currently Britain has no national plan in place for dealing with asbestos, despite having the highest number of teachers dying from asbestos-related cancer, in the world.
With an average of a 30 year incubation period, it is thought that only now we will begin to see the contamination problems from the 1980s.
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