§ Mr. Edward Short
The cost to local education authorities will be about £1 million a year for England and Wales. My right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity, is consulting both sides of industry. I have already received the views of some local authority and teachers' organisations and I shall hold formal consultations with all these bodies in the near future.
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
Will the right hon. Gentleman remember that it is not always in the best interests of a young person to have a single school leaving date?
§ Mr. Short
Yes, I agree that there are two sides to this question. There is the great difficulty which the Crowther Report pointed out about turning all school leavers on to the labour market at the same time, but there are also advantages. These two sides we shall weigh in consultation with all the bodies concerned.