HC Deb 23 December 1976 vol 923 cc304-5W
Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils at State schools achieved O-level passes and A-level passes, respectively, from 1965 to the latest convenient date; and what percentage each of these figures is of those children eligible to take such examinations.

Miss Margaret Jackson

My Department does not collect information in exactly the form requested, but figures are available of the examination attainments of school leavers. In 1975, the latest available year, the figures were as follows:

pension—as distinct from the Government's own proposals, on which regulations are at present being drafted, for compensation for teachers prematurely retired by their employing authorities in specified circumstances—were originally tabled by the teachers' representatives in the Teachers' Superannuation Working Party, but discussion of them has so far been deferred at the teachers' own suggestion, and to enable other more pressing matters to be dealt with. A further paper from the teachers' side is awaited as the occasion for the resumption of discussions.