§ Mr. Soames
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has for providing new guidance to local education authorities on the security of school buildings against vandalism, burglary and arson; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The security of school buildings and their contents is important. My Department has commissioned a research study on this subject. I expect it to lead to the publicaton of practical guidance before the end of 1987. Meanwhile, a discussion document on crime prevention in schools has been issued today by the Department. It describes crime prevention measures now being adopted. It is also designed to stimulate discussion about the cost-effectiveness of current practice. Copies are being sent to local education authorities and interested national bodies in England.
I am arranging for a copy to be placed in the Library.