§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any evidence that high youth unemployment is encouraging young people to stay on at school or continue in full-time further education in the Northern region.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
The Department has no very recent information about regional variations in staying on rates in full-time education which could be correlated with trends in youth unemployment figures. However, I will send the hon. Member figures of staying on rates for 1978–79 and 1979–80.