§ Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in the United Kingdom have either education or training places and what were the figures in 1979.
§ Mr. Paice
[pursuant to his reply, 7 March 1995, c.132]: I regret that the figure for the percentage of 16 and 17-year-olds in education or training in the UK in 1984 given in my oral reply was incorrect. The incorrect figure given was that 54 per cent. of 16 and 17-year-olds in the UK in 1984 had education or training places. The correct figure for 1984 is 70 per cent. This represented 1.3 million young people in 1984. The figures for spring 1994 remain unchanged at 84 per cent. of 16 and 17-year-olds, representing 1.1 million young people.