§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2002,Official Report, column 1047W, on leaving care, how many care leavers have been assisted by their local authority to stay within education and training on an agreed programme by health authority. 
§ Jacqui Smith
Further to my previous reply of 24 June 2002,Official Report, column 736W, we do not hold this information centrally at present. However, we will be publishing, in the autumn, information on care leavers in education and training. This will include data on the percentage of those young people who were looked after on 1 April in their 17th year (aged 16) who were in education, training or employment at the age of 19. These data will show how progress is being made towards the Government's objective of increasing the level of employment, training or education among young people aged 19, who were looked after at age 16.