The potentially dangerous impact of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in Scottish schools and other buildings has been raised at the Scottish Parliament by Martin Whitfield MSP.

Mr Whitfield raised the matter as a topical question on the first day back after the summer recess. He asked Ministers to confirm that, when they are aware of the full list of public buildings that are at risk, if they will publish and keep it updated, and take steps to ensure that buildings are still safe to open.

Social Justice Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville replied to say that, while compiling a list of affected buildings is the responsibility of local councils, she does appreciate that that public concern means that government needs to be as open as it can possibly be on the matter.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“Constituents have raised with me their concerns about this issue, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to raise it at Holyrood and ask about the public buildings at risk due to RAAC exposure.

“We need the Scottish Government to release the list of buildings at risk, keep it updated and ensure the safety of buildings. It is essential that we have full transparency and action from the Government on this vital safety issue.”

Mr Whitfield’s question on buildings affected by RAAC can be watched here.