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School Leavers

Volume 77: debated on Wednesday 24 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance will be issued by his Department to schools in respect of the possible entitlement to supplementary benefit of Easter school leavers who return to school to sit public examinations; and if he will make a statement.

Advice on eligibility for supplementary benefit is for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services to provide.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children who left school at Easter in 1984 returned to school in order to sit public examinations in the 1984 summer term.

The information requested for 1984 is not available. An estimated 8,500 school leavers who had reached the minimum school leaving age in 1982–83, left school by Easter 1983 and subsequently attempted at least one of the Summer 1983 CSE/GCE examinations.