HC Deb 19 February 1985 vol 73 cc425-6W
69. Dr. Twinn

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the change in the number of polytechnic students over the last five years; and what are the forecast numbers for the next five years.

Mr. Brooke

The total number of students in polytechnics in England and in each of the last five years was as follows:

Year November Number
1979 199,500
1980 202,100
1981 213,600
1982 220,800
1983 231,900
1984* 237,800
* Provisional.

The national advisory body for public sector higher education has set targets for 1985–86 for advanced work only, which imply a 3.3 per cent. increase in full-time equivalent student numbers in polytechnics compared to 1984–85. Plans for subsequent years have yet to be determined.