HC Deb 26 June 1973 vol 858 c290W
27. Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information she has through her Inspectorate of the extent of wastage of ability through early leaving.

Mrs. Thatcher

None. Early leaving from school does not necessarily imply a wastage of ability. There are opportunities, both full and part-time, in further education to which young people can turn, some of which are based on employment.