§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of Education what is the total number of students in higher education in the United Kingdom; and what were the figures in 1979 and 1985; 
(2) what is the current number of overseas students studying in higher education in the United Kingdom; and what were the figures in 1979 and 1985. 
§ Mr. Boswell
The readily available information is given in the table:
Enrolments in higher education1 in the United Kingdom (thousands) Year Total Of which overseas students 1979–80 795 256 1985–86 937 254 1992–93 1,444 110 Sources: Education Statistics for the United Kingdom, 1994 and 1983 editions, HMSO. Notes: 1 Excludes enrolments on nursing and paramedical courses—85,000 in 1992–93. 2 Full-time only.