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School Playgrounds (Fencing)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will issue a circular to local authorities advising them to ensure the adequate fencing of school playgrounds.

The Department's publication "Safety at School: General Advice" says that

"attention should always be given to the security of the perimeter fencing of a playground used by the young".
In addition, the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1981 require that in the case of new premises for nursery schools or for primary schools which include nursery classes there shall be a recreation area separated from other areas by a wall, fence, hedge or similar boundary; and this requirement will apply to existing schools in these categories from September 1991. My right hon. Friend sees no present need for further guidance.