HC Deb 16 November 1961 vol 649 cc83-4W
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 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.