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Menzies Campbell (North East Fife, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2012, Official Report, column 778W, on schools: playing fields, on how many occasions Government decisions to (a) approve or (b) reject applications to dispose of school playing fields have matched the relevant recommendation made by the Schools Playing Fields Advisory Panel in each year since 2001.

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David Laws (The Minister for Schools; Yeovil, Liberal Democrat)

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, weighs up all factors when deciding whether or not to grant consent to any disposal of school playing field land by a local authority or school, including the recommendations of the School Playing Field Advisory Panel. Disposal is only approved where the sports and curriculum facilities remain sufficient or will be improved, and where proceeds of sale are earmarked to improve sports or education facilities.

Government decisions to reject or approve applications to dispose of school playing fields have matched the relevant recommendation made by the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel on all except eight occasions since 2001:

In 2003 one case was approved where the panel recommended rejection.

In 2007 one case was approved where the panel recommended rejection.

In 2008 one case was approved where the panel recommended rejection.

In 2011 two cases were approved where the panel recommended rejection.

In 2012 three cases were approved where the panel recommended rejection.

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