§ Mr. Radice
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of non-mature student entrants to higher education institutions in each of the past 10 years have been female and what proportion of those female entrants were educated at fee-paying, grammar and comprehensive schools respectively.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
The available information is as follows. As the pattern in women's enrolments to higher education was influenced by the reduction in initial teacher training courses during the 1970s, the second line in the following table shows entry to higher education excluding these courses. Information on the type of school attended is readily available only in respect of girls leaving schools in England intending to take up full-time degree courses. The falling share attributable to the grammar schools reflects a similar fall in their share of all pupils.