§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take into account rates of truancy when considering the expenditure requirements of inner city education authorities.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
The needs of inner city authorities for spending on education are assessed as part of the assessment of grant-related expenditure for rate support grant purposes. There is an additional educational needs allowance based on socio-economic factors, but we do not believe that it would be desirable to include in the assessment a direct measure of truancy.