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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures his Department is taking to tackle the bullying of autistic children in schools. (79330)

This Government makes it clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable. We have introduced a series of measures to prevent and tackle bullying in our schools as well as providing support for the victims of bullying. We intend to issue guidance for schools and local authorities in the coming months on how to draw up and implement an effective anti-bullying policy, and this will look at how to address the needs of all bullied children including those with autistic spectrum disorders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of racist bullying were recorded by (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last five years. (80513)

We are unable to provide this information as we do not collect these data centrally. However, individual schools are required to record all incidents of racist bullying and local authorities may keep records for their own area.