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Mrs. Calton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of young people who are profoundly deaf went into further and higher education in each of the last three years. 
John Healey [holding answer 16 May 2002]: Figures for people entering further or higher education who are profoundly deaf are not available, although we can provide those recorded as having a hearing impairment.
The number of people in England registered as deaf or hard of hearing with their local authority, at 31 March 2001, is 194,840. However the true number of people in England with mild, moderate, severe or profound deafness is likely to be much more and was estimated by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People in 1996 to be 7,243,000.
The number of people in Further Education recorded as having a hearing impairment is not available before 200001. Figures for 200001 are as follows:
|Numbers in Further Education (FE) in England||Numbers in FE in England recorded as having a hearing impairment as their main disability(5)|
|Aged 1618 inclusive(6)||621,542||1,217|
(5) Based upon the students' own self-assessments
(6) Age as at 31 August
Individualised Student Records collected by the Learning and Skills Council on 31 July 2001
The numbers of people in English domiciles, at UK Higher Education Institutions, recorded as deaf/having a hearing impairment are as follows:
|Number starting Higher Education (HE)(7)||Number starting HE recorded as "deaf/have a hearing impairment"(8)|
|Aged 1618 inclusive(9)||120,200||190|
|Aged 1618 inclusive(9)||118,200||220|
|Aged 1618 inclusive(9)||117,300||250|
(7) A census count of England domiciled students on the first year of higher education courses in UK HE institutions, as at 1 December, rounded to nearest 100.
(8) Based upon the students' own self-assessments, rounded to nearest 10.
(9) Age as at 31 August.
July Student Records collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for
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which records are available; what proportion of those were due to work-related illness or injury; and what the cost to the Department was. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 20 May 2002]: An average of 7.7 days sick leave were taken by employees in the former Department for Education and Employment in 2000, the latest year for which this information is available. Information is not held for sick absences due to work-related illness or injury and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
During the period April 2001 to March 2002 three cases for work related illness reached final settlement at a cost of £20,318 including solicitors' fees. During the same period the Department received £3,280 back from a previous case where a claimant lost an appeal.
My Department is committed to meeting targets for reducing the number of working days lost due to sickness absence as published in our Service Delivery Agreement.
Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many recorded truants have missed more than 33 per cent. school days in the past year, broken down by local education authority. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This level of detail is not available. Information on the number of pupils missing due to unauthorised absence is collected at school level. The number of days missed by individual pupils cannot be identified from this data.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to make use of courses run by the dyslexia treatment centres; and what assessment she has made of the research carried out by DDAT on inner ear balance disorder and its relationship with dyslexia. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit (DDAT) treatment is one of a number of commercially available programmes of help designed to support children with specific learning difficulties. It is for parents, individual schools and local education authorities to decide whether a given technique has something to offer an individual child in the light of his or her particular needs. The Department has no plans to commission research into this particular technique but it is one of number of approaches assessed by Dr. Angela Fawcett of Sheffield university in her third review of dyslexia research. This may be consulted on the Department's special educational needs website.
Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school exclusions of one term or more there have been in the past year, broken down by local education authority. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The available information covering permanent exclusions is shown in the table.
Information on the duration of fixed period (temporary) exclusions is not collected centrally.
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|Number of permanent exclusions||Percentage of the school population(11)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||73||0.19|
|Redcar and Cleveland||37||0.14|
|Blackburn with Darwen||40||0.16|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||819||0.10|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||20||0.04|
|Kingston Upon Hull, City of||30||0.07|
|Telford and Wrekin||50||0.19|
|East of England||735||0.09|
|City of London||1||0.45|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||21||0.12|
|Kensington and Chelsea||24||0.23|
|Barking and Dagenham||31||0.11|
|Kingston upon Thames||16||0.08|
|Richmond upon Thames||25||0.13|
|Brighton and Hove||45||0.15|
|Isle of Wight||11||0.06|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||25||0.13|
|Bath and North-east Somerset||26||0.10|
|Bristol, City of||104||0.21|
|Isles of Scilly||0||0.00|
(10) Maintained primary and secondary schools and maintained and non-maintained special schools.
(11) The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (head count) of pupils in primary, secondary and special schools, excluding dually registered pupils in special schools in January 2000.
Annual schools' census.
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Mr. David: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the numbers of pupils excluded from schools. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Only statistics on permanent exclusions from school are collected centrally. The statistical first release on exclusions published this morning shows that there were 9,210 permanent exclusions from school in England in the 200001 school year. Our priority now is to provide suitable full time education for permanently excluded pupils and we have a public service agreement target to ensure that all local education authorities offer this by September 2002.
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