§ Mr. McCabe
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will issue guidance to schools on the use of permanent exclusion in cases where students are due to take GCSE examinations. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
We will shortly be consulting on new guidance to schools and LEAs on the use of exclusion. This will emphasise that permanent exclusion should be avoided wherever possible, and draw attention to the particular problems exclusion causes for pupils studying for public examinations.