HC Deb 24 June 1981 vol 7 cc105-6W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of school leavers at the end of the academic year 1979–80; and of these how many were registered unemployed in January 1981.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I am informed by the Secretaries of State for Education and Science, Wales and Scotland that the total number of school leavers in Great Britain in the summer 1980 term was about 800,000, including those going on to further education. At January 1981 the number of unemployed school leavers under 18 years of age was 95,837, but the statistics do not distinguish how many of these were 1980 summer term school leavers. At May 1980, the last count before summer term school leaving started, the number registered was 45,765.

Mr. Young

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) boys and (b) girls who left school at Easter are still without jobs.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The statistics do not distinguish by sex the number of Easter school leavers who are still unemployed.

Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many school leavers there were in (a) 1980 and (b) 1981 in the Northern region, broken down according to local education authorities, who still have yet to receive an offer on the youth opportunities programme for the latest available date in accordance with the 1980 school leaver undertaking.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

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