Schools: Domestic Visits

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th January 2020.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to stop political visits to schools during general elections.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

Following the announcement of the recent election, updated guidance was issued and circulated to schools on their responsibilities during the pre-election period here:

Any school visits conducted by parliamentary candidates are arranged through their constituency offices rather than via the Department for Education. Decisions on the use of schools or other educational/public sector property must be taken by those legally responsible for the premises concerned – for example, for schools, the Governors or the Local Education Authority or Trust Board.

Although the ultimate decision is for those legally responsible for the premises to take, they are expected to treat the candidates of all parties in an even-handed way, and ensure that there should be no disruption to services.

I look forward to visiting a school in my hon. Friend, the member for Morecambe and Lunesdale's constituency, should a suitable opportunity arise.

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