§ Mr. Callaghan
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many children between the ages of five and 16 years receive their education outside school; and what percentage of the total five to 16-year-old population this figure represents. 1229W
§ Mr. Robin Squire
As of January 1995, a total of some 17,650 children between the ages of five and 16 years were receiving education "otherwise than at school" provided by local education authorities. Of that number, some 9,170 were registered at pupil referral units. The figure of 17,650 represents approximately 0.24 per cent. of the total of five to 16-year-old population in England.