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Young Persons (Statistics)

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his best estimate of the number of (a) 16 and (b) 17-year-olds in Scotland in each year from 1983 to 1988.

The latest—1979 based—official population projections produced by the Registrar General show the following:

Age at 30 June
16 year old17 year old
(thousands)
198389·687·9
198486·489·0
198585·685·7
198682·384·9
198781·681·6
198877·581·0
New—1981 based—projections are now being prepared for publication next year. A very provisional estimate, taking into account information from the 1981 census, suggests that the new projection will show figures which are of the order of 1 per cent. higher in each case.