asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he proposes to issue a circular on school attendance and the role of the education welfare service, as announced on page 7 of the Government response to the second report from the Social Services Committee, Session 1983–84, Cmnd. 9298, and paragraphs 192–3 of the White Paper on "Better Schools", Cmnd. 9469.
As my right hon. Friend said in reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond and Barnes (Mr. Hanley) on 22 March at column 626, a draft circular was sent on 21 March to local authority and teacher associations, and other relevant organisations. Copies of the document have been placed in the Library. Comments on the draft have been sought by 30 June. My right hon. Friend hopes that the final version of the circular will be issued soon after that date.