Access to Education: South-East Northumberland

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth 2:30, 21 February 2024

You are very generous, Mr Henderson. We have a 90-minute debate and my hon. Friend probably has an 85-minute speech, so he will have to cut it down slightly.

I have noticed that the proportion of young people in my hon. Friend’s constituency with no qualifications at all is almost one in five; in the city of London, only 6% have no qualifications. Is that due to social class or is it partly about the density of the population in London compared with the sparsity of the population in his area? In my own constituency, 24% of all the kids have no qualifications at all when they leave school. Is that not a disgrace?