HC Deb 10 February 1972 vol 830 c410W
60. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she has considered a recent report on educational results on the North-East Coast, a copy of which is in her possession; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

I understand my hon. Friend has in mind a survey published by the journalWhere?. I have read the report with interest but do not believe that it calls for a statement. The raising of the school-leaving age should help to increase opportunity in those areas where it is most needed.