§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Education Science what information he has, by local education authority for the last 12 months, and by ethnic44W origin, on the number of pupils suspended from school distinguishing between (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
This information is not centrally available. Under the recently introduced national exclusions reporting system, the Department is requesting information on all cases of permanent exclusion from maintained schools over the next two years. The information being requested includes the ethnic origin of the pupils concerned, who will not be identified.