§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the cost to public funds of repairing damage to school properties during school holidays.
§ Miss Margaret Jackson
The Department does not have this information. The information sought would be difficult to obtain, posing problems of definition and of identification. Local education authority practice in recording maintenance costs varies. Accidental and vandalistic damage are not always readily distinguishable; the time damage occurred may not be recorded or even ascertainable; costs of repair work by a particular contractor are sometimes not readily disaggregated.