§ 39. Mr. Denis Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action she is taking to assess the problems of the large numbers of school leavers who are unable to obtain jobs; what proposals she has to deal with this situation; and whether she will seek to reverse the restrictions and increased charges imposed upon further and adult education facilities, in order that all educational resources can be mobilised to meet the needs of the unemployed school leavers.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
My Department is closely informed of the assessments of the employment situation continuously made by the Department of Employment. I shall encourage the education service to co-operate, in whatever ways possible, with any initiatives my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment428W difficulty. Young school leavers choosing to enter full-time further education are commonly not charged tuition fees, and I have no intention of changing that arrangement.