§ Sir David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will consider changing the rules for pupils leaving school after they reach the statutory age in order to spread more evenly throughout the year the task of finding employment for school leavers.
§ Dr. Boyson
My right hon. Friend believes that the present law offers a balance between employment and education interests, and enables those pupils over the school leaving age to decide, in the light of existing employment opportunities, the extent to which they wish to acquire further qualifications or skills.