To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals passed three A levels including (a) chemistry, biology or chemistry and biology and (b) a science or mathematics subject in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
The information available is given in the following table:
|Pupils eligible for free school meals who passed three A-levels including selected subjects in 2008|
|Chemistry and Biology||388|
|A science or mathematics||1,161|
Pupil level data relating to eligibility for free school meals were not collected in 1997.
These figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, ie