HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 c504W
Mr. Berry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many special educational needs tribunals have been heard to date; [30612]

(2) what proportion of special educational needs tribunals has related to parents' wishes to have their child educated in the independent or non-maintained sector; [30613]

(3) what is the total amount of public money diverted to the independent or non-maintained sector as a result of decisions of special educational needs tribunals; [30614]

(4) if she will provide an annual report on the outcomes of special educational needs tribunals. [30615]

Mr. Forth

I understand from the president of the special educational needs tribunal that 170 tribunal hearings have taken place.

The decisions of tribunals are entirely independent of the Department. I have therefore asked the president to write to the hon. Member about the questions relating to the independent and non-maintained sectors.

The president of the tribunal will provide an annual report to the Secretary of State, a copy of which will be placed in the Library.