§ 15. Mr. Michael Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will seek to obtain and publish information about truancy in Welsh secondary schools, and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Morris
Information is now being analysed about rates of absence and unjustified absence in secondary and middle schools in Wales on a day in January this year. The main results from this survey should be available shortly.
§ Mr. Roberts
I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that reply. Is he aware that reports of truancy are causing grave parental alarm? Is he further aware that truancy and a breakdown of discipline are causing widespread disillusion over the raising of the school leaving age in the staffrooms of comprehensive schools, in particular in large urban areas?
§ Mr. Morris
Certainly the question of truancy is an important matter which caused concern to the previous administration, and that was why the survey was commissioned on, I believe, 17th January this year. As the hon. Gentleman put forward in the debate on education, the statistics are not yet available. I hope, however, that they will be available shortly.