§ Miss Lestor
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what changes in Section 18 of the Children and Young Persons Act she plans in order to permit young people over the age of 15 years to take part in work experience and similar schemes organised by schools and other bodies in industrial areas, in view of the raising of the school-leaving age.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Following consultations with the local authority and teacher associations and both sides of industry and in the light of their views, I am considering with my right hon. and hon. Friends the possibility of amendment of the law to enable children to take part in work experience in their last year of compulsory education.173W