§ Mr. Waldegrave
In the academic year 1980–81, 1,143,000 young people aged 16, 17 and 18 at August 1980 (47 per cent. of the age group) were undertaking full-time or part education, in school, university and public sector colleges in England and Wales. The detailed breakdown by type of education is as follows:
Number of students (000s) Percentage of age group Schools 405 17 Non-advanced further education full-time and sandwich study 236 10 part-time day release study 287 12 other part-time day study 32 1 evening only study 112 5 Higher education (all modes of attendance) 70 3
§ Mr. Goodhew
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement, further to the Prime Minister's on 27 July, about the additional resources for the education of 16 to 19-year-olds.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
As the Prime Minister announced on 27 July—[Vol. 9, c. 834]—the Government are providing for an additional £60 million of public expenditure in the 127W United Kingdom in 1982–83, to permit an extra 50,000 young people to stay on at school or college. The plans provide for £49.5 million of this total to be incurred in England in 1982–83; and for additional expenditure in England of £74 million in 1983–84.
Present conditions are encouraging more young people to continue their education after they reach the age of 16 so as to improve their skills. Local education authorities are eager to help and many authorities are already making great efforts.
Following discussion with the local authority associations, I have determined that the £49.5 million of additional planned expenditure in 1982–83 should be added to the total relevant expenditure for rate support grant purposes. There will be a corresponding increase in the total of local education authorities' grant-related expenditure (GRE), which will be apportioned between individual authorities according to estimates of the incidence of youth unemployment. Individual authorities' GREs in 1982–83 will thus be increased as follows:
£000s Barking 178 Barnet 136 Bexley 162 Brent 190 Bromley 176 Croydon 211 Ealing 272 Enfield 92 Haringey 260 Harrow 70 Havering 209 Hillingdon 157 Hounslow 165 Kingston-upon-Thames 53 Merton 121 Newham 291 Redbridge 130 Richmond-upon-Thames 63 Sutton 99 Waltham Forest 217 OUTER LONDON BOROUGHS 3,252 Inner London Education Authority 2,627 Birmingham 1,523 Coventry 425 Dudley 296 Sandwell 572 Solihull 278 Walsall 384 Wolverhampton 504 Knowsley 347 Liverpool 1,013 St. Helens 294 Sefton 358 Wirral 478 Bolton 360 Bury 194 Manchester 777 Oldham 303 Rochdale 286 Salford 340 Stockport 318 Tameside 273 Trafford 223 Wigan 444 Barnsley 369 Doncaster 541 Rotherham 423 Sheffield 766 Bradford 501 Calderdale 239
£000s Kirklees 566 Leeds 750 Wakefield 447 Gateshead 358 Newcastle upon Tyne 451 North Tyneside 272 South Tyneside 352 Sunderland 556 METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS 16,581 Isles of Scilly 2 Avon 872 Bedfordshire 481 Berkshire 542 Buckinghamshire 347 Cambridgeshire 487 Cheshire 1,139 Cleveland 1,031 Cornwall 278 Cumbria 592 Derbyshire 1,059 Devon 813 Dorset 368 Durham 826 East Sussex 346 Essex 1,236 Gloucestershire 465 Hampshire 1,301 Hereford and Worcester 562 Hertfordshire 724 Humberside 1,644 Isle of Wight 82 Kent 1,404 Lancashire 1,337 Leicestershire 770 Lincolnshire 624 Norfolk 535 North Yorkshire 467 Northamptonshire 584 Northumberland 319 Nottinghamshire 1,243 Oxfordshire 373 Shropshire 383 Somerset 280 Staffordshire 1,226 Suffolk 503 Surrey 503 Warwickshire 504 West Sussex 356 Wiltshire 432 NON-METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 27,040 ENGLAND 49,500
The increase in relevant expenditure will attract additional exchequer rate support grant at the rate determined for the grant settlement for 1982–83. The increases in GRE will therefore be reflected in authorities' grant entitlements. The best estimate is that nationally about 40 per cent.—approaching 20,000—of the additional young people will stay on in schools, and 60 per cent.—approaching 30,000—enrol for full-time courses in colleges of further education. How the additional resources are applied locally will be a matter for each individual authority to decide in the light of its particular circumstances, taking account of the balance of its educational provision and the nature of the demand from its young people. Many authorities are already responding, within the resources available to them, to the growing demand for education from 16 to 19-year-olds that is evident in many parts of the country. I am confident that 129W all will try to make the best use of the resources available in order to offer young people courses of value to themselves, their future employers and the nation.
I shall review the arrangements for subsequent years in respect of this additional educational provision in the light of authorities' response to the Government's initiative in 1982–83.