The Welsh Government should hold a 'national audit' of every school in Wales to check for asbestos according to the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams. Her call follows the closure of Cwmcarn High School after signs of asbestos were discovered. Kirsty Williams said,
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 also be raised in the National Assembly this afternoon after Islwyn AM Gwyn Price was given leave to ask an urgent question.
Parents are expected to attend the meeting as Caerphilly Council decides how to get pupils back into lessons after asbestos concerns.
As Cwmcarn High School remains closed one Asbestos expert warns that other schools in Wales are likely to be affected.