§ 41. Mr. Charles Smith
asked the Minister of Labour what he estimates will be the number of men and women, respectively, who will begin to read for a first 1801 degree at the beginning of the next university year in the autumn of 1946; what the comparable figures were for autumn 1938; and how many of those referred to in the first part of the Question will be ex-Service personnel.
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
I am not in a position to make such an estimate as regards the autumn of 1946. As regards the autumn of 1938, I am informed that the figures were roughly 9,000 men and 3,000 women. The number of ex-Service personnel entering Universities in the autumn of 1946 will undoubtedly be large, but cannot be definitely known until September.
§ Mr. Edwards
As the applications are now being received by the Ministry it is impossible to estimate the number that will be forthcoming, but it will be very large indeed.
§ Mr. Wilson Harris
Does the hon. Gentleman anticipate that the proportion of ex-Servicemen will reach the 90 per cent. suggested in the recent circular?