§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the number of young people who will leave school during 1976.
§ Mr. William Ross
71,000 pupils are expected to leave up to the end of the summer term and a further 16,000 up to Christmas, giving a total for the calendar year of 87,000. This estimate does not take account of the proposals for revising school leaving arrangements which I announced on 19th January.