§ Mr. Boyden
asked the Minister of Education to what causes he attributes the large decrease in women students attending evening institutes since the peak period of 1949 to 1952; and what 84W steps he proposes to take in 1962 to increase recruitment to nearer the level of 1949–50.
§ Sir D. Eccles
The whole of this decline took place in the year 1952–53 when, following an increase in fees. there was a heavy fall in enrolments for ballroom dancing and some other recreational subjects; but enrolments for vocational courses rose. The provisional figure for 1960–61 is the highest since then and there has been a marked upward trend during the last two years despite the transfer of many vocational courses to technical colleges.