HC Deb 13 April 1999 vol 329 c163W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what advice his Department issues to schools which have their own sports grounds on the use of those grounds by the local community; and if he will make a statement. [79058]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Individual school governing bodies control the use of their premises but, in doing so out of school hours, the law requires them to have regard to the desirability of making their premises available to the wider community. We value community use and want to see schools developing their community role. We are revising "Our School—Your School", which offers guidance on this matter, as part of a drive to promote community use.