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Volume 21: debated on Monday 29 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of graduates went into industry in the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s; and what is the latest position.

The numbers of graduates who have successfully completed their courses, together with the percentages who took up permanent employment and entered industry respectively, by the end of the calendar year followsing the academic years shown as follow were:

Academic YearNumber of graduatesPercentage of which
Took up employment per cent.entered industry per cent.


1. The numbers entering industry are included in the numbers taking up employment.

2. The figures for 1976–77 and 1979–80 cover university first and higher degrees and polytechnic first degrees; those for 1966–67 are university first degrees only.