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Schools (Use For Social Purposes)

Volume 901: debated on Thursday 20 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) whether it is his policy to encourage local education authorities to make greater use of schools in England and Wales for various leisure time pursuits for both children and adults, outside normal shcool hours;(2) how many schools in England and Wales are presently used outside school hours as community centres of one type or another, e.g., youth clubs, evening classes, etc.

Shared use is encouraged as was made clear in the answer given to a question by hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brown-hills (Mr. Edge) on 9th December 1974.—[Vol. 883, c. 33.] The use of schools by the general public outside school hours is extensive and dual provision in new schools has been growing, but precise and more recent information is not available.