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Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, under his proposals stemming from the Warnock committee's report, he will consider including the persistent truant as a child in need of special care.

Persistent truancy arises in a variety of circumstances, many of which are unrelated to the main concerns of the Warnock committee. Whilst absence from school continues to be a source of concern to us, local education authorities will need to consider it in a wider context than special education.