§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State far Social Services what percentage of school leavers were recruited by the National Health Service in 1987–88, or the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Newton
Details of the number of school leavers who enter the NHS directly from school are not available centrally.
Information by age distribution of under 18 and 18 to 20-year-olds employed in the NHS is shown in the table together with the number of school leavers expected to be available for employment. (Both Great Britain).
NHS non-medical manpower statistics 30 September 1986 Great Britain Numbers Total non-medical staff 1,107,882 Under 18 4,693 18–20 62,954
Source: DHSS Annual (SR7) Census of NHS Non Medical Manpower, Welsh Office, Scottish Common Services Agency.
NoteMedical and Dental staff are excluded from the above figures.449W
School leavers expected to be available for employment Great Britain Academic year of leaving school 1986–87 1987–88 All leavers 840,000 800,000 Leavers available for employment 580,000 550,000
Source: Employment Gazette, September 1986.