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School-Leaving Age

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will introduce legislation to enable young people to leave school at the end of the term in which they have their sixteenth birthday, or at the headteacher's discretion, immediately on or after their sixteenth birthday if they have an apprenticeship or permanent job to go to.

No. My right hon. and learned Friend has no such plans at present. Correspondence on this issue reveals a variety of opinion on this matter but the many views expressed will be borne in mind.