HC Deb 15 January 1991 vol 183 cc491-2W
28. Mr. Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration he has given to the setting of targets for participation in full and part-time education and training for 16 to 19-year-olds; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar

My right hon. and learned Friend's objective is to raise both the proportion of 16 to 19-year-olds taking part in full and part-time education and training, and their levels of attainment. The Government are making good progress in both respects as a result of the recent school reforms, the introduction of pilot training credit schemes, and the many growing links between education and industry. They expect to see further improvements in participation rates in the 1990s as a result of the introduction of the national curriculum.

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