Nurseries and Schools: Protection from Terrorism - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour 11:22 am, 8th February 2018

My Lords, not for the first time I think that the Minister has drawn the short straw on the Government Front Bench, in that this is really a Question on what the Department for Education is doing about this. Two years ago I made a recommendation that every school governing body should appoint one of their members to take a lead in overseeing work on security and protecting pupils in the event of some attack of this nature. The Department for Education’s response was to say, no, it would leave it to individual schools. That response was then criticised by the head teachers’ associations which said they would welcome such general guidance. Will the Minister talk to her colleagues in the Department for Education so that it actually provides some guidance and a framework for schools to protect children in the event of such an attack?