§ Mrs. Bridget Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils have been expelled from secondary schools for(a) drug abuse and (b) violence in each of the London boroughs 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 summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system. In England, 81 pupils were excluded for drug-related offences and solvent abuse in year one and 179 in year two. The figures for physical aggression against others was 1,059 and 1,476 respectively. It is not possible to provide an area breakdown of the figure because of assurances given as to confidentiality.