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19 September 2023 - Unsafe concrete in education settings - Oral evidence

Committee Education Committee
Inquiry Unsafe concrete in education settings

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)

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Education Committee calls in Minister and DfE chief over RAAC in school buildings

The Education Committee has invited the Government to answer questions about the actions it is taking to end the disruption affecting schools and colleges built with reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Work Unsafe concrete in education settings (Non-inquiry session)
Minister for the School System and Student Finance at Department for Education
Permanent Secretary at Department for Education

A one-off evidence session will be held at 10:00 on Tuesday, 19 September 2023, with witnesses including Department for Education Permanent Secretary Susan Acland-Hood and Baroness Barran, Minister with responsibility for school capital investment.

Chair's comments

Chair of the Education Committee Robin Walker MP said:

“Both I and my cross-party colleagues have heard loudly and clearly the distress and anxiety that this crisis is causing to families and staff at the 100 or more schools that are affected by RAAC.

We share the feeling of urgency to establish how this situation developed, how and when it can be resolved, and what lessons need to be learnt.

We look forward to questioning the Minister and officials with oversight of capital expenditure on education settings, and testing the Government on its answers to those vital questions.”


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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