§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what advice has been given by his Department to local education authorities on how to deal with bullying in schools;
(2) what representations he has received about the incidence of bullying in secondary schools;
(3) how many cases of bullying have been drawn to the attention of his Department over the past five years.
§ Mr. Forth
The report of the committee of inquiry into discipline in schools, chaired by Lord Elton and published in 1989, contained advice on bullying. Copies of the report were sent to all schools and local education authorities in England and Wales. The Department is currently funding research to identify successful intervention strategies in order to provide practical advice to all schools when the project is completed in August 1993. There are no central records on bullying.