HC Deb 25 July 1929 vol 230 c1475

asked the President of the Board of Education what is the estimated proportion of children in primary schools who have access to satisfactory playing-fields; and what steps are being taken by the Board to increase this proportion?


I am unable to give the estimate asked for. In recent years, partly as a result of the energetic work of the National Playing Fields Association, authorities have increasingly recognised the need for playing fields for elementary school children. In the last four years the Board have approved about 200 purchases of land for this purpose; in addition numerous arrangements have been made for the fuller use of public parks and other available open spaces. I am considering what steps I can most effectively take to increase the existing provision.

66. Mr. FOOT

asked the President of the Board of Education if, having regard to the limitation of the facilities for children's recreation, steps can be taken to make school playing-fields and playgrounds available for children during the summer evenings and during the summer holidays?


I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the reply which I gave to a similar question addressed to me by the hon. Member for North Portsmouth (Sir B. Falle) a week ago.

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