§ Mr. Kevin Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many mature students currently enter higher education in the Yorkshire and Humberside area; and what was the figure in each year since 1986. 
§ Mr. Forth
The available information is given in the following table:
Mature1 entrants to higher education in Yorkshire and Humberside2 Academic year Number 1987–88 15,395 1988–89 17,211 1989–90 18,034 1990–91 19,587 1991–92 23,324 1992–93 25,707 1993–94 26,427 1994–95 (provisional) 29,740 1 Those aged 21 and over on an undergraduate course, and those aged 25 and over on a postgraduate course. Data for ex Universities Funding Council institutions are for full-time home entrants only throughout the time series. 2 Entrants to institutions located in Yorkshire and Humberside.