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Truancy (Lambeth)

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on whose authority recent statements on truancy in Lambeth were made by the police in Lambeth to the Press; whether the statements were made after consultation with the local education authority; and if he is satisfied with their accuracy.

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis informs us that he is not aware of such statements. Information about truancy which has recently been quoted in the Press as coming from the Metropolitan Police was supplied by them to the Inner London Education Authority at the request of one of the authority's officers. We have no reason to doubt its accuracy.