§ Stephen Twigg
Data on the percentage of students staying on in full-time education is not calculated for areas smaller than LEAs as reliable estimates cannot be made. Participation rates at sub-national level are only available for 16 and 17 year olds.
The percentage of 16 and 17 year olds in full-time education in Somerset LEA, which includes the constituency of Taunton, in 1997–1998 and 1999–2000, the latest year for which figures are available, is set out below:
16 and 17 year olds in full-time education: Somerset LEA Age 1997–1998 1999–2000 16 71 74 17 63 63
Participation rates by LEA 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".