§ Mr. Watson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many parenting orders have been issued as a result of truanting children in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority; 
(2) how many parents have been jailed for refusing to deal with their truanting children in the last 12 months. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
Information about parenting orders for truancy is collected nationally and not broken down by local education authority. Data are published every six months. 266 parenting orders were issued between July 2001 and June 2002 and 101 between July 2002 and December 2002.
Information about the number of parents imprisoned following a prosecution for truancy is not collected centrally.