HC Deb 18 December 1979 vol 976 cc158-9W
22. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to reach conclusions about education and training for 16 to 18-year-olds.

Mr. Macfarlane

The consultative paper "Providing Educational Opportunities for 16–18 Year Olds" is attracting a great deal of useful comment, which will complement and assist the study of educational provision for the age-group on which I have recently embarked with the local education authorities. This study and the results of the consultative process will both contribute to the Government's review of the relationship between schools, further education and training, but it is still too early to say when this can be expected to reach conclusions.

33. Dr. David Clark

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the percentage of young people in South Tyneside remaining at school after the age of 16 years.

Dr. Boyson

In January 1979 the proportion of pupils aged 16 years who had remained at maintained secondary schools in South Tyneside beyond compulsory school age was 14 per cent. Of these, about 4 per cent. are expected to remain at school for up to one additional year and about 10 per cent. are likely to remain for two years or more.