HC Deb 19 December 1989 vol 164 cc204-5W
23. Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science by what percentage applications to enter universities have increased or decreased for 1989–90 against 1988–89.

Mr. Jackson

By the beginning of this month, the Universities Central Council on Admissions had received 135,600 applications from home and overseas students for admission to university next autumn, some 12.8 per cent. more than the corresponding position last year.

31. Mr. Darling

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his latest estimate of the number of students likely to be admitted to university education in 1991–92 expressed as a proportion of the total number of school leavers.

Mr. Jackson

The latest projection of numbers of young, home initial entrants to full-time higher education in Great Britain in 1991–92 is 137,000. The projection of the associated age participation index—defined as the number of full-time, home initial entrants aged under 21, expressed as a percentage of the averaged 18 and 19-year-old populations—is 18.3 per cent.

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