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Kevin Brennan: Data collected since 2000 and published in Outcome Indicators for Looked After Children Twelve Months to 30 September, show the number and percentage of children who were looked after for at least 12 months and who were permanently excluded from school. Data for England are shown in the table. Information prior to 2000 was not collected.
|Number and percentage of children who are looked after continuously for at least 12 months who have been permanently excluded( 1, 2) , England|
|12 months ending 30 September 2000 to 2006||Number||Percentage|
|(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. (2) If a child was permanently excluded more than once in the previous year, each occasion has been counted. (3) Expressed as a percentage of the number eligible for full-time schooling. Source: OC2 Survey.|
Latest statutory guidance on exclusions advises that looked after children should be excluded from school only as a last resort and that schools in conjunction with the local authority should first consider alternative options for supporting the child or young person. Local authorities are under a duty to arrange suitable full-time education from the sixth day of exclusion for all permanently excluded children. The guidance makes clear the Government's view that for looked after children alternative provision should be arranged from the first day of exclusion.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children (a) under 12, (b) under 10 and (c) under seven years were living in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and what forecast he has made of the numbers in each group living in the UK in each year to 2011, broken down by region. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question regarding how many children (a) under 12, (b) under 10 and (c) under seven years were living in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and what forecast have been made of the numbers in each group living in the UK in each year to 2011, broken down by region. (176689)
Table 1 shows population estimates for the requested age groups for each Government Office Region within England and for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for the years 1997-2006. The latest population estimates available are for mid-2006.
Table 2 shows the latest (2006-based) national population projections for the requested age groups for the UK and constituent countries for the years 2007-2011.
Table 3 shows the 2004-based subnational population projections for the requested age groups for each Government Office Region within England for the years 2007-2011. Please note that they are not directly comparable with the latest (2006-based) national projections. 2006-based subnational projections are due to be published in June 2008.
|Table 1: Mid-year population estimates by UK country and government office region, 1997-2006|
Figures may not add due to rounding.
Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
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