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Higher Education

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the current planning figures for higher education in Great Britain in 1981–82.

The current 1981–82 planning figures for Great Britain higher education student numbers—full-time and sandwich—which I have agreed for his interest with the Secretary of State for Scotland, and the latest estimates for 1976–77 are given in the following table. The aims for 1981–82 implicit in these figures include increasing student numbers in advanced further education other than teacher training in England and Wales by about 39 per cent. and in the Great Britain university sector by about 14 per cent.

Statistics relating to inward investment are published for the United Kingdom as a whole and are not further disaggregated. A recent study carried out by my Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office showed that in mid-1976 at least 192 establishments at least 50 per cent. owned—either directly or indirectly or via a United Kingdom subsidiary—by overseas firms or groups were manufacturing in Yorkshire and Humberside, employing 52,600 persons. 86 of these establishments employed over 100 persons and of these 40 establishments (employing 23,790 persons) were manufacturing in the West Yorkshire area.