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Further Education

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many whole time equivalent students there were in (a) further and (b) higher education in May 1997. [17306]

Information on the number of further and higher education student full-time equivalents (FTEs) for the latest available years may be found in the following table:

Student FTEs on Further and Higher Education Courses in Wales1
Higher education courses269,969n/a
Further education courses356,31960,683
1 The information provided comes from the following Publications; "STUDENTS in Higher Education Institutions 1995–96" produced by the Higher Education Statistical Agency, and the "Further Education Funding Council for Wales" bulletin on "Further Education Early Student Enrolments 1995–96 and 1996–97".
2 Student FTEs at higher education institutions at 1 December 1995. Excludes students on higher education courses at further education institutions. Data not yet available for 1996–97.
3 Student FTEs on all further education courses at 1 November each year. Includes students at all further education and higher education institutions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his Department's expenditure on further education. [17637]

Total expenditure made available through the Further Education Funding Council for Wales (FEFCW) in 1996–97 amounted to just over £180 million. The FEFCW's budget for 1997–98 is £177 million. Provision for 1998–99 will be announced shortly as part of the Department's expenditure plans for next year.