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Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The department's policy is not to release any information that might lead to individual children being identified where data released could be combined with other data. As 74 local authorities identified a total of 51 home-educated children that were subject to child protection plans we are not able to release a breakdown of this data by local authority as the numbers for each individual authority would be very small and individual children might be identified. However, the department has provided a histogram setting out the spread of child protection plans by local authority and this can be found at (http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/ete/independentreviewofhomeeducation/irhome education/).

We have not collected information about the number of home-educated children taken into care or placed with a foster family, neither have we collected any information about the number of home educated children subject to care orders who are from a traveller background, or who are in years 10 and 11.

I attach a table showing the number of electively home-educated children in each local authority that responded to the questionnaire on home education distributed in September.

However, neither we nor local authorities know how many children are being home educated as there is currently no requirement for home educators to notify local authorities or any other public bodies that their children are home-educated.



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Local AuthorityTotal Elective Home Educated (EHE) population

Bath and North East Somerset

50

Bedfordshire

70

Bolton

81

Bradford

132

Brighton and Hove

157

Buckinghamshire

185

Calderdale

38

Cambridgeshire

200

Cheshire East

127

City of London

Cornwall

311

Coventry

60

Cumbria

261

Darlington

97

Derby

79

Devon

674

Dorset

157

Dudley

156

Durham

110

East Riding of Yorkshire

139

Essex

733

Gateshead

29

Gloucestershire

224

Greenwich

96

Halton

28

Hampshire

372

Isle of Wight

141

Isles of Scilly

0

Kent

673

Kingston upon Hull

84

Kingston upon Thames

44

Kirklees

67

Lancashire

465

Leeds

140

Lewisham

123

Lincolnshire

411

Liverpool

57

Manchester

91

Medway

195

Milton Keynes

96

Newcastle upon Tyne

52

Norfolk

375

North East Lincolnshire

49

North Somerset

121

Northamptonshire

183

Northumberland

46

Nottingham City

96

Nottinghamshire

238

Oxfordshire

329

Plymouth

135

Reading

50

Redbridge

55

Redcar and Cleveland

27

Rotherham

70

Sefton

58

Somerset

249

South Gloucestershire

108

Southampton

82

St Helens

33

Staffordshire

244

Stockton on Tees

31

Sunderland

66

Surrey

695

Torbay

91

Trafford

35

Wandsworth

47

Warrington

39

Warwickshire

123

West Sussex

407

Wigan

72

Wiltshire

148

Windsor and Maidenhead

*

Wirral

35

Wolverhampton

141

Total

11,6**

Employers

Question

Asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Government have issued no such guidance. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 outlaw discrimination, harassment and victimisation on grounds of religion or belief at work and in vocational training.

Under the regulations employers are not required to ban discussions about religion or belief in the workplace. However, the ACAS good practice guide sets out some broad guidelines that employers can follow. This includes making staff aware that if their discussions cause offence then this may be considered to be harassment and therefore unlawful, potentially leading to dismissal. The Business Link website also provides additional information for employers.

Energy: Wind Farms

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach

The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): Individual grant decisions are made on a case by case basis. Each project that has been funded or will be funded has to go through the existing value for money process for government. All proposals for funding from the SIF have been appraised in line with Green Book principles, particularly to ensure that they provide good value for money in delivering longer term benefits to the UK wide economy. These value-for-money evaluations will take account of output, capacity and maintenance issues where relevant.


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