HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 c121W
55. Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what evidence he has of the trend in applications to universities or polytechnics by women students.

Mr. Walden

Over the last five years the numbers and percentages of women applicants to United Kingdom universities through the Universities' Central Council on Admissions scheme have been as follows:

Year of entry Women applicants Percentage women applicants
1981 66,723 39.9
1982 69,967 40.8
1983 71,072 41.1
1984 72,661 41.8
1985 75,110 42.5

Similar figures for polytechnics will be available in due course for students entering in 1986 and thereafter.