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Colleges And Polytechnics

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many advanced further education students were in colleges and polytechnics in 1988–89; how many higher education students were in colleges and polytechnics in 1989–90; and how many higher education students are proposed to be funded in colleges and polytechnics by the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council in 1990–91.

The public expenditure White Paper (Cm 1011) published on 30 January 1990 indicated that there were 240,000 home full-time and sandwich higher education students in the PCFC sector in the academic year 1988–89. The numbers were projected to increase to 251,000 and 260,000 respectively in the following two years. My right hon. Friend announced to the House on 8 February that the numbers of home full-time and sandwich higher education students in the PCFC sector in the 1989–90 academic year were now provisionally estimated to be 261,000.The PCFC allocations for 1989–90 and 1990–91 were on the basis of 240,000 and 254,000 home full-time and sandwich students. Institutions will also benefit from tuition fee income at the rate of £1,675 for each student with a mandatory award from September 1990.