HC Deb 22 May 1979 vol 967 c73W
33. Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether pilot schemes for grants to sixth formers to encourage more children to stay at school beyond the age of 16 years will be continued.

Mr. Macfarlane

The previous Government's plans for pilot schemes of mandatory grants to 16–18-year-olds depended on the passage of their Education Bill, which fell with the Dissolution of Parliament. We opposed their plans at the time and will not seek to resurrect them now. We intend to review education and training for this age group and the question of financial support must be considered against the priorities emerging from that review.