HC Deb 04 April 1989 vol 150 cc123-4W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of young persons in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) Durham attend full-time higher education.

Mr. Jackson

The available data are listed below. The percentages are based on the numbers of students in 1986–87 who received a new full-value award from an LEA. Comparable figures are not available for the United Kingdom.

New full-value awards1 to students as a percentage2 of 18 to 19-year-old population: 1986–87
Per cent.
Durham LEA 14.9
English and Welsh LEAs 21.3

computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1988, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Mr. Butcher

This Department spent £438,127 on computer and management consultancies in 1988. Contracts awarded in that year were as follows:

Mr. Jackson

The available information is given in the table.

1 Includes awards made to students attending universities, polytechnics and other colleges.

2 The percentage is based on the number of new award holders as a proportion of the relevant single year age group; this was calculated by adding half of all l8-year-olds to half of all l9-year-olds.

Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to encourage more students to enter full-time higher education.

Mr. Jackson

We already have record participation in all forms of higher education. The Government's policies for better schools and greater flexibility in further and higher education will build on this, helping to offset the effects of the substantial decline in the young entrant age group.

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