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Primary Education: Sanitation

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what plans he has to issue guidance to primary schools on the design of school toilets; (264434)

(2) what guidance his Department offers primary schools who wish to redesign and rebuild their school toilets and drinking water facilities.

In answer to the first question, the Department offers guidance on the design of toilets in primary schools in the following publications:

The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999, SI No. 2 1999, state the numbers of toilets that should be provided in schools.

Building Bulletin 99 Briefing Framework for Primary School Projects outlines key issues on toilet design.

Primary Ideas, Projects to Enhance Primary School Environments includes a number of ‘design principles' for toilet design.

Building Bulletin 102: Designing for Disabled Children and Children with Special Educational Needs includes guidance on accessible toilets for mainstream and special schools.

Standard Specifications, Layouts and Dimensions SSLD 3: Toilets in Schools sets out standards of performance for toilet facilities and shows how they might be delivered through design examples. The standards were developed for secondary schools and aspects of the guidance apply equally to primary schools.

In answer to the second question, the Department has no plans to issue further guidance on this subject.

The Department offers the following guidance on drinking water provision:

The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 (S11999 No 2), require that ‘A school shall have a wholesome supply of water for domestic purposes including a supply of drinking water' (Part iv, Regulation 22).

The joint DFES/Department of Health's publication National Healthy Schools Status—a Guide for Schools 2005, recommends easy access to free clear palatable drinking water (Section 2, part 2, Healthy eating).

The Department's Building Bulletin No 87: Guidelines for Environmental Design in Schools has a section on hot and cold water supplies.