Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education for how many permanently excluded pupils and students (a) of and (b) above compulsory school age his Department has (i) ongoing investigations and (ii) completed investigations into the circumstances for each of the last five years.
Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
The Department for Education typically has very low numbers of ongoing investigations into the circumstances of a permanent exclusion. The total number of current investigations is less than three and it is the Department's policy not to release more details in these circumstances as they could lead to the identification of an individual.
Given the low number of investigations, the Department does not keep a record of the cases of permanent exclusion it has considered. To retrieve this information from archived correspondence would involve a disproportionate cost. However, the current number of ongoing cases is typical of the levels that the Department usually investigates.