§ Mr. Dormand
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of school leavers in the Northern region remain at school in the Northern region after the statutory school leaving age; and what are the comparative figures for the other regions in England.
§ Dr. Boyson
In 1978–79 the proportions of all school leavers who were over the statutory school leaving age in each of the regions in England were as follows:
ENGLAND—School leavers who were over the statutory school leaving age 1978.79 Region Percentage Northern 48.8 Yorkshire and Humberside 47.5 North West 48.8 East Midlands 46.9 West Midlands 48.1 East Anglia 49.3 Greater London 61.6 Other South East 57.3 All South East 59.0 South West 50.9
Region Percentage Total: ENGLAND 52.2