§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the number of school students achieving grades C and above in GCSE examinations in Cheshire for each of the last five years and how that number relates to the national average. 
§ Mr. Paice
The table gives the (i) number of and (ii) percentage of 15-year-old pupils attaining grades C and above in GCSE examinations in Cheshire and England for the years 1995, 1994, 1993 and 1992. The data for 1991 are not available on a consistent basis.
GCSE achievements of 15-year-old pupils1 in all maintained schools2 Number of 15-year-old pupils achieving 1+ grades A*-C3 Percentage of 15-year-old pupils achieving 1+ grades A*-C3 Cheshire England Cheshire England 1991–92 7,454 316,689 68 64 1992–93 7,356 314,835 71 66 1993–94 7,549 328,635 72 68 1994–95 8,360 356,843 72 68 1Those pupils aged 15 at 31 August. 2Including grant-maintained schools, city technology colleges and maintained special schools. 3Grade A* was introduced in 1993–94.