Ross asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the percentage of school children remaining beyond statutory leaving age in Wales.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
The information for pupils in maintained secondary schools in January 1980 is as follows:
Age at the beginning of January 1980 Percentage staying-on rate* 16 28.0 17 20.0 18 6.8 19 0.7 * The number of 16-year-old pupils with birthdays falling in the period 1 January to 31 August, expressed as a percentage of the number of 15-year-old pupils with birthdays in the same period one year earlier. The numbers of pupils aged 17, 18 and 19 as percentages of the number of 15-year-old pupils two, three and four years previously.