asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the participation rate for 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21-year-olds in education and training in each of the years since 1975; and what information he has as to how these figures compare with the rates for the United Kingdom's principal economic competitors.
[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1985, c. 313]: Full data for the United Kingdom prior to 1979 are not available. The preparation of participation rates for
|Participation in education and training*|
|* Including apprenticeships and schemes similar to YTS.|
|† Estimated; excluding some aged 18 and 19 in certain vocational training, ("special training schools"—Japanese terminology).|
|‡ Includes private sector higher education.|
|≑ Including compulsory part-time education for the youngest leavers; three years in Germany, one year in Netherlands.|