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Full-Time Education

Volume 31: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1982

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asked the Prime Minister what measures Her Majesty's Government are taking to encourage pupils aged 16 to 18 years who would benefit from such an education to remain in full-time education.

In the last three years there has been a welcome increase in the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds who stay on in full-time education and who recognise the value of improving their qualifications. The Government have provided for additional expenditure of some £100 million in 1982–83 to assist this, and this support will be carried forward into later years. In May my right hon. Friend announced proposals for a new national pre-vocational qualification at 17-plus which is aimed at meeting the needs of young people who are not fully catered for by existing provision.