HC Deb 14 April 1994 vol 241 c263W
Mr. Mike O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils have been permanently excluded from schools in the north Warwickshire area for drug abuse in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Forth

Figures for each of the last 10 years are not available. Information on permanent exclusions from maintained schools in England was collected by the Department over a two-year period, starting with the summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system—NERS. In England, 81 pupils were excluded for drug-related offences and solvent abuse in year one and 179 in year two. It is not possible to provide an area breakdown of the figures because of assurances given as to confidentiality.