§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the guidance his Department gives to local education16W authorities on planning space and facilities to cater for first aid and sickness of pupils and staff in new school buildings.
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
Local education authorities are under a duty to provide medical accomodation in both new and existing schools in accordance with the requirements of regulation 12 of the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1981.
The Department has not published any separate guidance on planning space and facilities in school buildings for these purposes. Its professional staff are, however, available to offer advice on aspects of the design and planning of school buildings where this is required.