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Special Educational Needs

Education and Skills written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time taken to statement a pupil in Lancashire education authority was in the last period for which figures are available.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Children and Families)

The Department for Education and Skills does not hold data on the average time taken to issue a statement for pupils with special educational needs in local education authorities. Relevant data is however available from the Audit Commission. The LEA Best Value indicator BV 43b shows that 67.1 per cent. of draft statements of SEN in Lancashire were prepared within 18 weeks during 2003–04. If cases covered by the statutory exceptions to the time limits—as set out in the Education (Special Educational Needs) (England) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001, Section 12(7)—are excluded, 89.7 per cent. were prepared within the 18 week period (Indicator BV 43a).

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