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Truancy: Parenting Orders

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) parenting orders and (b) fines have been issued in relation to school truancy in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (166339)

The information is given in the following table. The Department has collected data on the number of penalty notices and parenting orders issued in relation to school non-attendance since 1 September 2004. The latest date for which information is available is 13 April 2007.

2004/05

2005/06

1 September 2006 to 13 April 2007

Penalty notices for irregular school attendance

3,483

12,150

7,662

Parenting orders issued by the courts following prosecution for irregular school attendance

427

505

151