HC Deb 25 April 1989 vol 151 c471W
Mr. Harry Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take steps to ensure that representatives of the management and trade unions are treated equally in establishing links between industry and educational institutions; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Butcher

The Department welcomes the involvement of all sections of industry in the establishment of links with schools. The management of such links is for local determination; however, the DES guides for employees and schools on "Education at Work" recognise the role of trade unions in the workplace and the TUC's strong support for workplace activities for school pupils. The TUC is also involved in education through, for example, its participation in the school curriculum industry project, which is developing teaching material for schools and teacher training, and its work with the National Curriculum Council "Educating for Economic Awareness" initiative.

Home full-time students in higher education in Great Britain
Academic year beginning in
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
Total all students of which 451.2 465.0 488.4 504.6 517.5 525.1 530.6 540.0 549.7
Arts 253.1 256.8 267.3 273.0 278.2 278.8 281.2 286.8 293.3
Sciences 198.1 208.2 221.1 231.5 239.3 246.3 249.4 253.1 256.5

Figures may not sum due to rounding.

Sciences are defined as medicine, engineering and technology, agriculture, science and professional and vocational studies while arts includes education, business and social studies, language, arts other than language and music, drama, art and design.

Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has any proposals to shift the balance of public funding of higher education towards the tuition fee.

Mr. Straw

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has for the future funding of higher education.

Mr. Kenneth Baker

Higher education funding councils and other interested bodies have today been sent a paper seeking views on proposals to increase the full-time undergraduate tuition fee met through mandatory awards from its 1989–90 level of £607 to £1,600 in 1990–91 and to