§ 21. Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the current proportion of pupils taking GCSEs in politics, government and related subjects.
§ Mr. Boswell
In the summer of 1992, some 5 per cent. of pupils who reached the age of 16 during the academic year attempted GCSEs in politics and related subjects in the social sciences. The flexibility within the national curriculum at key stage 4 will enable schools to continue to offer courses in such subjects.