§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment he has made of the relative educational performance in different areas of the country; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
In its annually published statistics on school leavers the Department includes information on examination attainments in respect of maintained schools in each local education authority in England. Comparable statistics for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales. These figures reflect in part the different abilities of pupils resident in local education authority areas.