§ 12. Mr. Luke
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the expansion of higher education in Northern Ireland. 
§ Jane Kennedy
Since 1999 there has been an increase of over 4,000 in the number of full time equivalent student places in Northern Ireland. This year we will be increasing provision by an additional 330 places and are also considering a substantial increase in places on specialist medical and social working training courses.