§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give, for England, the participation rate of three and four-year-olds and the percentage of 16-year-olds staying on at school in 1979 and 1986.
§ Mr. Dunn
The participation rate of three and four-year-olds in school and the percentage of 16-year-olds staying on at maintained schools in England in 1979 and 1986 are given below:
January 1979 January 1986* Per cent. Per cent. Participation rate of under 5's† 37.0 43.0 Percentage of 16-year-olds staying on at school† 24.4 26.9 * The figures given for January 1986 are provisional. † Percentage of under 5's in nursery schools and nursery classes and infant classes in primary schools expressed as a percentage of the estimated 3 and 4-year-old population. † Percentage of 16-year-olds remaining at school expressed as a percentage of the 15-year-olds one year earlier.