Schools: Drinking Water

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) what estimate he has made of the number of schools which freely provided fresh drinking water for pupils at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will provide grants for schools in England so that modern water coolers can be made available for pupils.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The Department has not made an estimate of the number of schools which freely provide fresh drinking water for pupils and has no plans to provide grants to schools in England so that modern water coolers can be made available to pupils.

The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 require schools to have a wholesome supply of water for domestic purposes including a supply of drinking water. The responsibility for ensuring compliance with the School Premises regulations rests with local authorities.

The Education (Nutritional Standards and Requirements for School Food) (England) Regulations 2007 require schools to ensure that drinking water is provided free of charge at all times to registered pupils on school premises.

Schools wishing to attain Healthy Schools status must offer easy access to free, clean and palatable drinking water.

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