§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the cost per medical student for each year of study in each year since 1992; and for each year what was the percentage change on the previous year. 
§ Mr. Forth
[holding answer 29 January 1997]: Figures are not available in the form requested.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England publishes each year the figures that higher education institutions report for the average council grant for teaching allocated to each academic subject category. The figures for pre-clinical and clinical medicine are shown in the table, together with figures for the average level of tuition fee for medical students.
Academic year 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 £ £ £ £ Average unit of council funding1 (clinical/pre-clinical medicine) 4,209 4,203 5,719 5,769 Tuition fees2 4,099 4,099 2,320 2,320 Total 8,308 8,302 8,039 8,089 Percentage change — -0.1 -3.2 0.6 1 Taken from 'Average Units of Council Funding', published annually by HEFCE. 2 Average fee for all medical students, assuming constant distribution of students across the five years of study.
Data collected on maintenance awards and student loans do not distinguish between subject of study. Hence the average expenditure on awards and loans per medical student is not available.