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Schools: Offensive Weapons

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many times schools have exercised the power to randomly screen pupils using metal detectors since October 2006; and how many weapons have been recovered as a result of such searches; (193810)

(2) how many searches without consent have been conducted by schools of pupils suspected of carrying a weapon since May 2007; and how many weapons have been recovered as a result of such searches.

We announced in October 2006 that schools can randomly screen pupils for weapons using metal detectors and we introduced a power in May 2007 for head teachers to search without consent any pupil they suspected of carrying a weapon. We do not collect figures showing the number of such screenings or searches or the number of weapons seized by either method. We shall review the search power within three years of implementation when we shall also consider the effects of screening.