To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with English as a second language there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each English local authority in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.
The available information shows the number of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English. Figures for the years requested have been placed in the Library. Data for the earlier years (1997 and 2001) have been included in the workbook but as the information is not directly comparable owing to a change in the coding framework, it has not been amalgamated into the time series.
The information is published annually in Schools and Pupils in England: January 2007 (Final). The latest figures relate to 2007 and are available at: