HC Deb 20 December 1988 vol 144 c198W
21. Mr. Dykes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is seeking any further initiatives to develop sixth-form and higher education skills in the applied sciences in 1989.

Mrs. Rumbold

No. I am satisfied that developments in hand—including the spread of advanced supplementary levels, the improvement of the vocational qualifications systems, and bridging courses for non-science A-level holders to enter scientific and technological degree courses—will contribute to improved numbers undertaking scientific and technological courses post-16. The engineering and technology programme and the manufacturing systems engineering programme will provide additional places in higher education in engineering and technology subjects.