HC Deb 07 December 1976 vol 922 cc130-1W
33. Mr. Goodlad

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement on the number of unfilled university places for the current academic year.

Mr. Oakes

In terms of the physical capacity of academic buildings, universities have about 22,000 empty places in science and technology, excluding medicine. To fill these places admissions to first degree courses would have to rise by about 4,000 above the 1976–77 level of 76,800. This does not mean that such a number could have been admitted in the current academic year, as the size of the new entry depends on the judgment of universities on the academic merit of candidates and the availability of recurrent resources to teach them. This unfilled capacity will, however, allow student numbers to expand gradually in future years if suitable candidates present themselves.

38. Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many extra university places will be available to the 1976–77 session as compared to the 1975–76 session at the University College of North Wales, Bangor.

Mr. Oakes

None in terms of physical capacity, but the total number of students rose by 190.