§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the latest estimate is of the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
The provisional figure for end 2001 was 173 thousand 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, training or employment. This is 9 per cent. of the cohort population.
The latest estimate of the number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, training or employment (NEET) was published in the annual statistical first release, "SFR 16/2002: Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16–18 Year Olds in England: 2000 and 2001".