As Cwmcarn High School remains closed following a structural report last Friday which found signs of asbestos to be present in the school building one asbestos expert warns that there are likely to be many other schools affected.
Cenric Clement-Evans from 'New Law' Solicitors warns that Cwmcarn High School is unlikely to be a unique case.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, Kirsty Williams has today called on the Welsh Government to hold a 'national audit' of every school in Wales to check for asbestos
– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader
I do not want to cause undue alarm, however when a school of 900 pupils has had to close because asbestos was found in airborne particles, I think that people across Wales have a right to know if asbestos is a danger in their local school. Britain imported hundreds of thousands of tons of asbestos in the last century and we do not know the extent of its use in our schools nor how secure it is in school buildings.
The matter will be raised in the National Assembly this afternoon after Islwyn AM Gwyn Price was given leave to ask an urgent question.
900 pupils were sent home from Cwmcarn High School with immediate effect last Friday afternoon while an asbestos investigation is carried out.