§ Mr. Gunnell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many students graduating in physics, chemistry and mathematics have applied for courses leading to a teaching qualification during 1996–97; and what were the equivalent figures in(a) 1994–95 and (b) 1995–96. 
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The total number of applications received for post-graduate certificate of education courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and combined science starting in 1995 was around 4,600; about 5,000 applications were received for courses starting in 1994. Applications are still being received for courses starting in 1996, with around 2,400 applications received up to 3 April.