HC Deb 11 June 1998 vol 313 c697W
Mr. Cranston

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the latest university applications figures. [43750]

Dr. Howells

The latest figures will be published tomorrow. I expect them to confirm that the gap between last year's and this year's applicant numbers has been narrowing and that the number of young home applicants is running above the 1997 level. This is a welcome sign that many prospective students and their parents now understand the fairness of our proposals.