§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many advanced level secondary school pupils applied for a place at Oxford and Cambridge universities in each year since 1974; and how many were finally accepted.153W
§ Mr. Walden
The number of United Kingdom candidates applying and obtaining a place at Oxford and Cambridge universities in each year since 1980 was as follows. The numbers include a small number of students from further education colleges as well as school pupils. The numbers of acceptances include a few condition acceptances at Oxford, a small percentage of whom fail to meet the required conditions.
Figures prior to 1980 are not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Applicants Acceptances 1980 13,580 5,552 1981 13,563 5,464 1982 14,244 5,357 1983 14,359 5,334 1984 14,026 5,484 1985 15,248 5,901