§ 25. Fiona Mactaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what percentage of school leavers leave school with no qualifications. 
§ Dr. Howells
The figure for those who leave education at 16 is not centrally collected. In 1997, 7.7 per cent. of young people completing their compulsory education had no qualifications. The White Paper, "Excellence in schools," outlines measures to reduce this figure.