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School Curriculum

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is his policy on the inclusion in the school curriculum of training in swimming, cycling and life-saving; and whether these are likely to be affected by cutbacks in educational expenditure;(2) whether lessons in road and home safety and accident prevention are being restricted as a result of cuts in educational expenditure.

My right hon. and learned Friend regards adequate provision of appropriate physical education and safety education as important, but the curriculum in individual schools is a matter for local decision. It should be possible for the bulk of the necessary savings in educational expenditure to be made in areas not directly concerned with teaching.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the overall effect that cuts in public expenditure will have on safety in schools.

Reductions in planned expenditure by local education authorities will not affect their statutory responsibility to ensure safe working conditions for pupils and staff in schools.