§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, further to his reply to the hon. Member for 656W Mid Staffordshire of 8 July, Official Report, column 130, about school attendance, if he will list in the Official Report which local education authorities did not reply to his Department's circular "School Attendance and Education Welfare Services" by 31 May last; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure that these authorities take steps to reply.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
Sixty three local education authorities have replied to the circular. Those whose replies are still outstanding have been asked to reply as soon as possible.