HC Deb 22 January 1985 vol 71 cc379-80W
36. Mr. O'Brien

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to encourage the children of people on low incomes to continue education beyond 16 years of age.

Sir Keith Joseph

The first requirement, which is relevant for all young people, is that the curriculum provided by schools and colleges is relevant to their needs and the needs of employers: the Government have taken a number of important initiatives in this area. As for financial support, the Government are considering the recommendations of the team which has been reviewing social security benefits for children and young people. Child benefit is paid to the parents of children who remain in full-time education up to the age of 19, and local education authorities have discretionary powers to pay education maintenance allowances and other grants.