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Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 12 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will issue a circular to local education authorities advising them on measures to increase protection against arson and vandalism in schools.

My Department wrote to all chief education officers on 9th January 1975 drawing their attention to the increase in arson and reminding them of basic precautions against fire damage. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of this letter.A small informal working group has been set up with the Home Office and the local authority associations to consider what further advice might be offered on the protection of buildings against arson and vandalism.