asked Her Majesty's Government:
When they expect to reach their target that 85 per cent of 19 year-olds achieve a level 2 qualification.
It is not a government target that 85 per cent of 19 year-olds achieve a level 2 qualification. In the 2000 spending review, we agreed and published, the following target—the proportion of 19 year-olds who get qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A*–C rises by three percentage points between 2002 and 2004 with a further increase of three percentage points by 2006.
Measurement of outturn against the target in autumn 2003 was broadly in line with the progress needed to hit the 2004 target.