§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of Stale for Education what statistics he has on the percentage of students who take up further and higher education in each EC country.
§ Mr. Boswell
In 1992–93 some 71 per cent. of l6-year-olds and 55 per cent. of 17-year-olds participated in full-time education in schools, sixth-form colleges and further education colleges in England. In the same year the age participation index in Great Britain (defined as the number of young home initial entrants to higher education expressed as a percentage of the averaged 18 to 19-year-old population) was some 28 per cent. Further details are284W shown in tables 17 and 21 of the Departmental Report, CM 2210. Comparisons with certain EC countries are shown on pages 16 and 17 of "Education Statistics for the United Kingdom", 1992 edition, a copy of which is in the Library.