HC Deb 21 March 1946 vol 420 c2038
76. Mr. S. Shephard

asked the Minister of Education if she will authorise the use of local authority schools for the holding of political meetings.

Miss Wilkinson

Under the Representation of the People Act, 1918, and the Local Government Act, 1933, as amended by Section 120 of the Education Act, 1944, candidates at Parliamentary and local government elections may claim, within the limits prescribed in the Acts, the use of a suitable room in a school maintained by the local education -authority in the district concerned, for the purpose of holding public meetings. My authority is not required for the use of schools for these purposes, and it is open to local education authorities in their discretion to arrange for the letting of county primary or secondary school buildings outside school hours, for political, or other, meetings.

Mr. Shephard

May 1 take it that local authorities have "the right to let local authorities schools at any time, or is it restricted to election periods?

Miss Wilkinson

Schools are intended for educational purposes. Educational authorities can let them outside school hours in their discretion.