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Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what figures his Department collates on the incidence of (a) violence and (b) harassment perpetrated (i) by higher and further education staff on students and (ii) by students on higher and further education staff. [101727]

Information is not collected by the Department on the incidence of violence and harassment by further and higher education staff on students, nor by students on staff.Major injuries and others resulting in more than three days' absence from work as a result of physical violence are reportable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. Between 1996 and 2001 there were 117 major injuries and 561 over three-day injuries to all teaching staff as a result of physical violence reported to HSE. These figures include teachers in all schools, further and higher education and adult and other education institutions. Information is not available on whether the assaults were carried out by pupils/students, parents or others.