Excluded Children

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of children (a) excluded from school and (b) in local authority care who (i) become prostitutes and (ii) go into prison.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

At 30 September 2005 there were 44,700 children who had been looked after continuously for at least 20 months by English local authorities. 34,800 of these children were of school age and of these 310 (or 1 per cent.) received a permanent exclusion.

Information on the number of these children who become prostitutes or go into prison is not collected centrally.

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