HC Deb 10 June 1971 vol 818 cc1217-8
22. Mr. Raison

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will take steps to encourage local education authorities to provide locks on the doors of all school lavatories.

Mrs. Thatcher

No, Sir. Such detailed matters of building design are the responsibility of the school authority.

Mr. Raison

Will my right hon. Friend at least acknowledge that the absence of such locks has caused unhappiness to quite a number of sensitive children and may even turn them against school? Will she use the various means at her disposal to raise the issue with the local authorities?

Mrs. Thatcher

Many of the local authorities will be just as much aware of the problem as we are. There is another, contrary argument, that very small children might be worried if they locked themselves in—and so would the teachers—so all the arguments are not on one side.