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5:56pm 18th June 2014
(Updated 5:56pm 18th June 2014)

It is revealed one in three primary school children in Cornwall are taken away on holiday during term time.

Many parents working in tourism say they can't afford not to, because otherwise their business would suffer.

That is despite £60 fines being brought in.

Now there are calls to relax the rules on term time holidays, to help Cornish parents working in tourism.

East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has been asking what mums and dads are supposed to do, she said: "What can be done to help these small business owners take holidays with their families without fearing punishment or hurting their children's education?"

Education Minister David Laws says heads will get the power to pick their own term dates from 2015, he said: "In the last year, around a third of all children in Cornwall's primary schools missed school for a term time holiday, which is higher than the national figure for primary schools of about twenty percent and is clearly not acceptable."

Parents have told Pirate FM they think the existing rules are 'ridiculous' and penalise them for wanting family time. Kerry from Truro has taken her two children out before: "I would never take my children out of school at a particularly important time like exam time or revision time. But other than that I think it's more important for children to get out and have that time with their families. For lots of families that's the only time they get to spend as a family.

"If the government want to do something so drastic about it they should be putting the pressure on the holiday companies to make sure the prices are lower, rather than getting money out of families and a lot of families probably don't have it."

5:56pm 18th June 2014

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