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Education Act 1996 (Prosecutions)

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many prosecutions were brought under section 7 of the Education Act 1996 in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such prosecutions involved children with cerebral palsy. (76949)

Home Office data for 2004, the latest year for which figures are available, show 8,140 prosecutions in England and Wales under the Education Act 1996. These include:

3,393 prosecutions for truancy under section 444(1);

1,091 prosecutions for truancy under section 444(1A) (the aggravated offence);

3,654 prosecutions for various offences under the Education Act. These are likely to include some prosecutions under sections 444(1) and (1A); and

two prosecutions for child employment offences.

Prosecutions related to section 7 for truancy are brought under section 444 of the Act. Information is not collected on the characteristics of pupils or their families.