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Special Educational Needs

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much each education and library board spent on defending (a) special education needs tribunal cases and (b) special educational needs judicial review cases in each of the last five years. (124544)

It is not possible for the education and library boards (ELBs) to provide the exact costs of defending special educational needs tribunal and judicial review cases in each of the last five years as they do not hold records of the exact amount of time spent by board officers in preparing for and, if necessary, attending tribunals and judicial reviews.

I am advised by the chief executives of the education and library boards that, for both tribunals and judicial reviews, an average cost of £5,000 per case in respect of cases which are eventually heard and £1,000 for all other cases is appropriate.

Special educational needs tribunal

£

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

BELB

40,000

20,000

15,000

15,000

5,000

NEELB

18,000

57,000

52,000

29,000

29,000

SEELB

6,000

7,000

25,000

25,000

15,000

SELB

24,000

16,000

8,000

7,000

3,000

WELB

6,000

26,000

9,000

8,000

11,000

Judicial reviews

£

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

BELB

0

5,000

5,000

20,000

15,000

NEELB

10,000

0

10,000

5,000

0

SEELB

0

10,000

45,000

40,000

25,000

SELB

0

0

5,000

10,000

0

WELB

0

0

0

5,000

0