§ Mr. Stevenson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 16-year-olds stayed in full-time education and training in Stoke-on-Trent local education authority in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
The percentage of 16-year-olds participating in full-time education, and in education and training in Stoke-on-Trent local education authority for end 1997 to end 2000, the latest available year, are shown in the table.
Participation in education and training by 16-year-olds in Stoke-on-Trent LEA End 1997 End 1998 End 1999 End 2000 Full-time education1 49 52 58 60 Education and training 2n/a 68 73 78 1 Includes participation in full-time education, part-time education and government supported training. 2 Education and training figures by LEA were first published for 1998.
Population data do not include any revisions following the 2001 census.
DfES Statistical Bulletin. published 16 December 2002.
Participation rates by LEA for 16-year-olds are published in an annual statistical bulletin, 'Participation in Education and Training by Young People Aged 16 and 17 in Each Local Area and Region, England'.