HC Deb 10 February 1981 vol 998 c321W
36. Mr. Moate

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration is being given to introducing greater flexibility into the school leaving age.

Dr. Boyson

At a time when unemployment is high my right hon. and learned Friend is not minded to introduce changes which could result in increased numbers of young people leaving school earlier. He is, nonetheless, sensitive to the apparent anomalies which can result from the present arrangements in particular cases and will keep the position under review.