HC Deb 14 July 1981 vol 8 c350W
22. Mr. Kenneth Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what shortfall in intake of numbers he anticipates there will be in colleges of further education and polytechnics in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

Dr. Boyson

The Government's expenditure plans for 1981–82 to 1983–84 (Cmnd. 8175) are likely to lead to some reduction in the number of home students admitted to higher education, but it is not yet possible to estimate what this will be either for higher education as a whole or for the polytechnics and other major colleges of further education. As regards non-advanced further education, the Government's expenditure plans assume an increase of about 4 per cent. in home students numbers between 1979–80 and 1983–84.