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Volume 205: debated on Tuesday 10 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals his Department is developing on (a) extending literacy and (b) sharing scientific research costs and results for submission to the United Nations conference on environment and development in June.

The Government give high priority to basic skills—that is literacy and numeracy-education for adults. The Further and Higher Education Act will strengthen the position of basic skills. The Further

Durham school leavers maintained schools only
All leavers (000s)10·049·469·429·939·798·739·348·408·067·76
FE/HE (000s)1·651·771·712·202·162·022·262·321·942·72
No qualification (000s)1·411·101·291·201·310·841·080·810·920·74

Source: School examinations survey.