HC Deb 14 March 1978 vol 946 cc128-9W
36. Mr. Hicks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance her Department has given to local education authorities concerning the use of educational buildings and facilities during out-of-school hours; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Oakes

Circular 2/70, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member, deals with the provision of facilities for the community in educational premises; "A Study of School Building" examines ways of making fuller use of the existing stock; and the Department's architects and building branch has given design guidance in a number of publications. Many schools are already used for a variety of community activities and it is a long-standing policy to encourage local education authorities to extend this practice wherever possible.