HC Deb 05 November 1992 vol 213 cc344-5W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will state the number of pupils excluded from each grant-maintained school for the school years 1990–91 and 1991–92.

Mr. Forth

Information on permanent exclusions from LEA and grant-maintained schools over a two-year period starting with the summer term 1990 has been collected under the national exclusions reporting system—NERS. The purpose of NERS is to provide a basis on which to review the working of the existing statutory procedures on exclusions. The information received is currently being analysed. NERS returns were made on a confidential basis and it would not be appropriate for me to disclose information on individual schools without the agreement of their governing bodies.