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Primary Education: Greater London

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimates he has made of the number of parents of reception-age pupils in each London borough who obtained (a) their first preference, (b) their second preference, (c) their third preference and (d) none of their three preferences in respect of their child's primary school placement in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008; and if he will make a statement; (255707)

(2) how many reception pupils in each London borough had not been allocated a primary school place by September in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not collect data on offers of primary school places or on the number of unplaced children. Local authorities are under a duty to make sure that every child of compulsory school age has a suitable school place.