§ Mr. Hepburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children in(a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK remained in education after the completion of their GCSEs in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Miliband
Data on the percentage of students staying on in full-time education and education and training is not calculated for areas smaller than LEAs as reliable estimates cannot be made.
The percentage of 16-year-olds participating in full-time education, and in education and training, in South Tyneside local education authority, the North East and the UK for end 1997 to end 2000, the latest available year, are shown in the table.
Participation by 16 year olds End 1997 End 1998 End 1999 End 2000 Full-time education South Tyneside LEA 52 53 57 57 North East Region 60 61 64 65 United Kingdom 70 71 72 73 Education and training South Tyneside LEA — 76 81 78 North East Region 78 82 86 87 United Kingdom1 80 79 80 791 Great Britain only up to end 1999, and England and Wales only for end 2000. The education and training figures in this row do not include part-time education.Note:Participation rates by LEA for 16 and 17 year olds 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'.