HC Deb 30 October 2000 vol 355 c286W
Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will establish a system in which each school has access to a hotline to the police. [134521]

Jacqui Smith

DfEE worked closely with the police and the Home Office on the production of "School Security: Dealing With Troublemakers", which promotes close co-operation between schools and local police to create effective local partnerships. Specifically, it recommends that schools and the local police should ensure that arrangements for calling police help in an emergency have been properly communicated to staff, and are understood.

We know that local education authorities and schools have established links with their local police forces. If a hotline is needed in addition to existing practices, schools and local education authorities are best placed to discuss this with their local police forces.