HC Deb 25 January 2000 vol 343 cc153-4W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the percentage of special needs statements issued within 18 weeks by each London local education authority in(a) 1997–98 and (b) 1998–99. [106756]

Jacqui Smith

The Audit Commission publishes information on the percentage of draft statements of special educational needs produced by local education authorities within 18 weeks. Data for 1998–99 will not be available until the end of March and will be placed on the Audit Commission's internet website. The 1997–98 percentages for the London authorities given below do not include statements for which allowable exceptions from the relevant time limits, as set out in Part 3 of my Department's "Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs", have been made. In 1998 officials in my Department provided good-practice guidance to those LEAs whose performance was weakest. When the data for 1998–99 are available my officials will consider the need for further action to help LEAs improve their performance in this area.

LEA Percentage
Inner London:
Camden 49
Greenwich 6
Hackney 56
Hammersmith and Fulham 98
Islington 88
Kensington and Chelsea 85
Lambeth 52
Lewisham 92
Southwark 92
Tower Hamlets 43
Wandsworth 99
Westminster 82
(no figure is available for the City of London)
Outer London:
Barking and Dagenham 12
Barnet 50
Bexley 97
Brent 90
Bromley 98
Croydon 78
Ealing 20
Enfield 30
Haringey 20
Harrow 33
Havering 94
Hillingdon 22
Hounslow 79
Kingston-upon-Thames 100
Merton 98
Newham 65
Redbridge 47
Richmond-upon-Thames 30
Sutton 29
Waltham Forest 32