House of Commons fears a ‘lethal level’ of asbestos in ventilation system; Caroline Wheeler; Daily Express

UK – Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

AIR CONDITIONING in the House of Commons chamber has been permanently turned down amid fears that a “lethal level” of asbestos is lurking in the ventilation system.

According to a senior Whitehall source, House of Commons authorities have previously been forced to consider an emergency evacuation of the Commons after deadly levels of asbestos were registered in the chamber.

Despite a second reading being ordered, which suggested the quantities had been reduced to a “safe level” the authorities have taken the decision to permanently turn down the air condition system to reduce any risk.

This comes just days after a committee of MPs urged members and peers to vacate the crumbling Palace of Westminster for at least six years while vital repair work is carried out.

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