HC Deb 22 June 1979 vol 968 cc736-7W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the number and percentage of pupils in the city of Liverpool gaining five or more O-levels and two or more A-levels for each of the past five years; and how many subsequently went on to universities, polytechnics and colleges; and how this compares with other cities during the same period.

Dr. Boyson

I regret that all the information is not readily available. Statistics of achievements of school leavers collected by my department are based on a 10 per cent. sample. Detailed information in respect of local education authorities there-fore can be subject to relatively large sampling errors and would not be reliable. Some limited information for the larger authorities will be published for the first time in the next issue of Statistics of Education volume 2, and I am placing an advance copy of the relevant table in the Library.

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