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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of working age people in the constituency of Buckingham hold a qualification at degree level or equivalent; and what the national average is. [105711]

The latest available figures from the Local Area Labour Force Survey 2001 show that the proportion of people of working age resident in the constituency of Buckingham who hold a qualification at NVQ level 4 or above is 29.9 per cent., with a 95 per cent. confidence interval of 26.6 per cent. to 33.2 per cent. This compares to a figure of 23.7 per cent. for Great Britain. NVQ level 4 covers degrees, HMDs and other undergraduate qualifications.