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Scottish Universities (Admissions)

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of students who applied for admission to Scottish universities during the past two sessions; how many were admitted; how many of those who were not admitted held the Higher Leaving Certificate and the Certificate of Fitness, respectively; what is the qualification for admission; and if he is aware that certain applicants have complained of political bias in the selection of prospective students.

Particulars of applications for admission to Scottish Universities for the session 1946–47 were given in a reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for North Lanark (Miss tween pensions in respect of 1914–18 and 1939–45 service; and how many of these also receive some other allowance from his Department;(2) the number of men and women, respectively, in receipt of 100 per cent. disability pensions who also have other allowances of some kind from his Department; and how many of these have pensions in respect of 1914–18 and 1939–45 service. respectively.

The numbers in receipt of pensions at 100 per cent. and less than 100 per cent. respectively, are approximately as follow:Herbison) on 26th November, 1946. I have no similar information for the session 1945–46 or as to the third part of the Question, and I should not feel justified in asking the universities to undertake the very considerable labour which the production of these statistics would involve. As regards the fourth part of the Question, all applicants have to produce an attestation of fitness issued by the Scottish Universities Entrance Board, but this is merely a minimum requirement, and the further qualifications demanded vary according to the university and faculty to which the applicant desires admission. I have received no complaints of the nature indicated in the last part of the Question.