HC Deb 26 March 1964 vol 692 c140W
13. Miss Quennell

asked the Minister of Education what is the normal delay between a child's absence being reported and the school attendance officer instituting proceedings.

Sir E. Boyle

The institution of proceedings is a matter for local education authorities and is often a last resort after other efforts to deal with a case have failed. I would not be justified in asking authorities for information to try to establish the delay which normally occurs in those cases where proceedings are instituted.