HC Deb 26 March 1969 vol 780 cc312-3W
Mrs. Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many suitably qualified candidates were accepted for courses in the academic year 1968–69 leading to a qualification entitling the holder to practise as a general practitioner or hospital doctor under the National Health Service; and what was the total number of suitably qualified applicants.

Mr. Edward Short

The number of candidates accepted for pre-clinical courses in medical schools in Great Britain for the academic year 1968–69 was 2,678. Figures are not available of the total number of candidates who applied; the number who applied through the Universities Central Council on Admission was 6,948. It is not possible to say how many of these candidates were suitably qualified since the requirements of universities vary.

Mr. Cordle

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has made of the average cost to public funds of a medical student's education from enrolment as a student to qualification.

Mr. Edward Short

The cost to public funds, excluding any capital element, is of the order of £8,000.