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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 372), how their proposed standards for school toilets and washing facilities will be modified in the light of concerns raised during the consultation regarding the consequences for children's health.

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

Most of the concerns raised during the consultation about the possible consequences for children's health related to how school toilets and washing facilities would be looked after and maintained. We do not believe that regulation can cover all eventualities and do not intend to expand the regulation on toilet and washing facilities to include further details of what must be provided in them.

There will be other safeguards within the new school premises regulations affecting toilet and washing facilities provision. They will include a general requirement that school facilities are maintained to a standard that will, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure the health, safety and welfare of pupils. They will also require that washing facilities have an adequate supply of hot and cold water.

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