§ 55. Mr. Tom Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his latest estimate of the supply of and demand for university places during the next academic year.
§ Mr. Brooke
The provisional estimate of home initial entrants to universities in Great Britain in autumn 1984 is 71,000. The number of entrants is not expected to change significantly in 1985. By March 1985 the Universities Central Council on Admissions received 154,000 applications from home candidates for admission to universities in 1985. Of these very roughly 40 per cent. are likely either not to qualify or otherwise not to maintain their application. Although all qualified applicants are not able to find a place in a university those who are unsuccessful should be able to find a place elsewhere in higher education.