HC Deb 16 October 2002 vol 390 cc875-6W
Mr. Djanogly

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of full-time students stayed in education in the Huntingdon constituency after the age of(a) 16 and (b) 18 years in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2001. [74224]

Margaret Hodge

Data on the percentage of students staying on in full-time education are not calculated for areas smaller than LEAs as reliable estimates cannot be made. Participation rates at sub-national level are only available for 16 and 17 year olds. The latest available data are for end 1999 and are published in the annual statistical bulletin, "Participation in Education and Training by Young People Aged 16 and 17 in Each Local Area and Region. England".

Huntingdon constituency is part of Cambridgeshire LEA. Prior to 1998/99 Cambridgeshire LEA was included in the aggregated Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEA, therefore two sets of figures are given below. The first columns set out the participation rates for 16 and 17 year olds in full-time education for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEA at end 1997 and end 1999; the second group for Cambridgeshire LEA at end 1998 and end 1999:

16 and 17 year olds in full-time education
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEA Cambridgeshire LEA
Age end 1997 end 1997 end 1998 end 1999
16 71 75 71 75
17 62 59 58 60