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Further Education

Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the percentage of young people in Oldham, Kirklees, West Yorkshire and England who continued in full-time education after the age of 16 years during 1977, 1978 and 1979; and if he will make a statement.

The percentages of young people aged 16–19 in full-time education in the selected areas during the academic years 1976–77 and 1977–78 were as follows:

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Comparable information for 1978–79 is not yet available. Depth study of the variation between local education authorities in such participation rates suggests that certain demographic factors are important. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the relevant statistical bulletin published by my Department last December.