HC Deb 19 March 1985 vol 75 c772
13. Mr. Madel

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he expects the proposed new centralised student admissions scheme for degree courses in polytechnics to be in operation for the academic year 1986–87; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke

I understand that the new polytechnic central admissions system is already in operation in respect of the admission of students to full-time and sandwich courses at degree level for the academic year 1986–87.

Mr. Madel

The new system will help both polytechnics and students. Can my hon. Friend confirm that the Government welcome the increase in numbers attending polytechnics for degree courses, which is of benefit not only to industry and commerce but to the individuals concerned?

Mr. Brooke

I am delighted to give the welcome for which my hon. Friend asks.