§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the target proportion of pupil days to be lost through absence was for(a) each LEA and (b) England in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
[holding answer 10 June 2002]: There is no target proportion of pupil days to be lost through absence for England. In the past local education authorities have only set targets for unauthorised absence through their Education Development plans. Local education authorities were asked to set new targets for the proportion of pupil days lost in their Education Development Plans this year, these targets will apply to the academic years 2002–03 and 2003–04. Education Development Plans are published by local education authorities.