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Schools: Toilets and Washing Facilities

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 23 April (WA 371), how the new school premises regulations will define what constitutes a suitable standard for toilet and washing facilities, so that schools are able to determine whether they meet requirements.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The new school premises regulations will require that schools provide toilets and washing facilities for the sole use of pupils and that they are suitable, having regard to their ages, numbers, sex and any special requirements they may have. They will also require that separate toilet facilities are provided for boys and girls aged eight years or over, except where the facility is provided in a room that is intended for use by one pupil at a time and that can be secured from the inside.

As stated in my previous answer, we believe that the new school premises regulations will be much clearer than the present ones and that schools will find it much easier to assess whether their toilet and washing facilities meet requirements.

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