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Schoolchildren (Absence And Truancy)

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will issue a directive to local education authorities to compile comprehensive statistics related to unauthorised absence or truancy.

This would not be the appropriate way to proceed. Absence from school is obviously a matter of major concern, but the regular compilation of national statistics is not likely to be the best way of arriving at an understanding of the local factors involved.