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Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many acres of potential agricultural land are currently owned by educational authorities; and what is her intention as to the recommended deployment of this land in view of the cut-back in school building programmes.

My Department does not collect this information. Responsibility for choosing and securing the land required for maintained schools rests with local education authorities. The site for a maintained school must meet certain statutory requirements and may also be the subject of a compulsory purchase order. Apart from these aspects the Department is not concerned with an authority's land holdings, acquisitions or disposals.