§ Mr. Adam Hunter
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has reached a decision about holding a review of the school leaving date arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. William Ross
In view of the representations on this matter which I have received, I have decided that a detailed examination of the present system 95W of fixed leaving dates should be undertaken. To assist me in the review I propose to invite all interested bodies to submit to me their views on whether it is desirable to make any changes in the present arrangements and, if so, what these changes should be. I should make quite clear, however, that the review will be concerned with the actual date on which a 16-year-old pupil may leave school and not with the school leaving age itself.