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School Leaving Date

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will expedite his consideration of the introduction of a common leaving date for school leavers, in view of the difficulties of local education authorities in enforcing school attendance on pupils who are aged 16 years, between the completion of their exams and the end of the summer term, bearing in mind that the date for the ending of the summer term varies widely.

As I told the House on 27th January—[Vol. 885, c. 62.]—the question of the summer leaving date requires a great deal of discussion, and there is no prospect of legislation in the current Session affecting the summer of this year.