HC Deb 04 February 1982 vol 17 cc183-4W
Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will now allocate additional funds to schools for washing facilities to prevent the risk of hepatitis to pupils and teachers; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Boyson

The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1981 require every maintained school to have adequate washing facilities. My right hon. Friend does not therefore consider it necessary to make resources specially available for additional washing facilities in schools. On the general question of hygiene in schools I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Short) on 22 January 1982.

reaching 16 in England are believed to have left school. In 1979–80 the percentage of pupils who left school at Easter was 13 per cent.

Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his reply to the right hon. and learned Member for Hertfordshire, East (Sir D. Walker-Smith) on 28 January, Official Report, c. 396, if he will express the number of school pupils who submitted provisional, final entries and completed CSE examinations in 1979, 1980 and 1981 as a percentage of actual school pupils.

Dr. Boyson

The information given in reply to my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, East (Sir D. Walker-Smith) on 28 January was supplied by the CSE boards in terms of subject entries and not pupil numbers, and this further information is not available in the Department.

It is estimated from the annual survey of school leavers that the numbers and percentages of fifth formers leaving at Easter have fallen over the last three years as is shown by the following table.

and Wales in each of the last three years; what proportion this represents of total costs of universities in each year; and how many people were employed in each year in these universities.

Mr. Waldegrave

The information is as follows: