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Schools: Sales

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many former school sites have been sold since 1997. (201700)

We do not hold this information. Although local authorities and maintained schools in England need consent before they can dispose of a school playing field or any part of a school playing field, they do not require approval to sell buildings, or the marginal non-playing field land surrounding those buildings. Such decisions are made locally.