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Schools: Playing Fields

Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has

(1) made an assessment of the extent of school playing field sales since the establishment of the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel which have not been referred to the panel;

(2) had any discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on gauging the extent of school playing field disposals which have not required referral to the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel and have been approved by the relevant local authority.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The Department does not collect information on playing field sales. Local authorities and schools apply to the Secretary of State for consent to dispose of school playing field land, and applications must meet strict criteria if they are to be approved. The Department does not hold records of actual sales.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education has not had any discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on gauging the extent of school playing field disposals which have not required referral to the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel and have been approved by the relevant local authority.

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