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Russian And Slavonic Languages

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the numbers studying Russian and other Slavonic languages in schools and universities in each of the last three years.

I regret that information on the numbers studying different subjects at school is not available. However, information is available from the examination boards in England and Wales on the total numbers passing examinations in each subject. The numbers passing Russian and other slavonic languages in the summer examinations in 1976, 1977 and 1978 were as follows:

RussianOther Slavonic languages
CSE:
19763382
19772911
19783801
GCE O level:
19762,094574
19771,909543
19781,798544
GCE A level:
1976513144
1977492151
1978509204
The following gives the available information on course enrolments for those studying the languages for a specific

qualification in universities in Great Britain and establishments of further education in England and Wales:

UNIVERSITIES
Russian Languages and studiesOther Slavonic and Eastern European languages and studies
Undergraduates:
1975–7652049
1976–7745348
1977–7843553
1978–7945261
Post-graduates:
1975–7612727
1976–7710633
1977–788321
1978–798525
FURTHER EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENTS IN ENGLAND (maintained, assisted and grant aided major establishments)
Russian Languages and studiesOther Slavonic and Eastern European languages and studies
Non Advanced:
1975–7694Nil
1976– 7781Nil
1977–7880Nil
1978–79Not available
Advance:
1975–7669Nil
1976–7791Nil
1977–7866Nil
1978–79Not available