§ Mrs. Laing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applicants there were for places at Scottish universities in each year since 1992. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
This information is not held centrally.
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service) is a central non-Government agency which acts on behalf of UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to process applications for entry to higher education courses. UCAS publishes annual information on applicants and acceptances for courses at Higher Education Institutions in the UK in a report. This information is also available on the UCAS website (www.ucas.ac.uk).
The UCAS report summarises the total applicants to UK HEIs, but does not distinguish total applicants to Scottish HEIs. However, institutions are separately identified, and the information required can be collated from these.
Alternatively, UCAS will collate the required information if requested. The address for UCAS is UCAS, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Glos., GL52 3LZ, or telephone 01242 222 444.
From 1 July 1999, Higher Education will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.