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More playing field sell-offs

Education officials tonight admitted the number of school playing field sell-offs has increased again. Earlier it emerged that Education Secretary Michael Gove overruled independent advice not to allow the sale of the playing fields.

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How previous governments compare on selling-off playing fields

Here is a list of the amount of school playing fields sold off by previous governments. According to The Daily Telegraph:

  • The Conservative government between 1979 and 1997 sold off around 10,000 playing fields.
  • The Labour government between 1997 and 2010 sold off 226 fields.
  • Between May 18, 2010 and July 22, 2012, the coalition government received 35 applications to sell school playing fields - 30 were approved.

Labour set-up an independent panel in 1999 to slow down the sale of school playing fields.

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