HC Deb 12 December 1990 vol 182 c431W
Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what research he has commissioned on the reasons for the reduction in numbers of students in the Scottish universities since 1979.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

There was no reduction in the numbers of students in Scottish universities between 1979–80 and 1988–89. The number of full-time undergraduate students at Scottish universities rose over the period from 38,570 to 42,870, an increase of more than 10 per cent.