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Universities (Admissions)

Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1961

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consult the university authorities with a view to establishing a central clearing house to facilitate a more simple and orderly process for admissions to universities.

Admission of students is a matter for the universities themselves, and the universities are already examining the possibilities of a clearing house system such as is suggested by the hon. Member.

As the Chancellor is responsible for finding most of the money for the universities, will he ask them to deal with this as a matter of urgency? As the matter stands, they find it almost impossible to get admissions this year and will find it even worse in the years ahead. Will he bear in mind, in particular, the difficulties of women students and have a better arrangement before the next year begins?

I am sure that what the hon. Member has said, with which I agree, will be taken note of by those concerned.