29. Mr. Rostron Duckworth
asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in connection with town replanning, he is calling the attention of local education authorities to the need to ensure the provision of adequate playing grounds for all schools.
§ Mr. Butler
The need for adequate playing fields is generally recognised by local education authorities, and the building regulations which I am proposing to issue at the earliest possible date after the passing of the Education Bill will set out fully the areas of playing fields which should be provided for primary and secondary schools. It is not practicable to issue a similar early statement to cover the requirements of other educational institutions. My right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Town and Country Planning is, however, taking steps to ensure that the public open spaces provided by planning authorities will permit of the necessary playing fields being made available for educational purposes, and planning authorities are being asked to keep in close touch with education authorities in this important matter.