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Disabled Students

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of university students were registered disabled for courses commencing in (a) autumn 2000, (b) autumn 2001 and (c) autumn 2002. [117381]

The available information is only collected for UK domiciled students and is based on the student's own assessment of whether he or she has a disability and so does not necessarily indicate that the student is registered disabled.The data for the last three available years are given in the table. Data for the academic year 2002/03 will be available from December 2003.

edition, based on April 2001 data, was published in June 2002. The next edition, based on April 2002 data, is due to be published at the end of July 2003.

Staffing costs for my Department for the years in question were as follows.



The figures exclude the staffing costs of Departmental staff employed in and paid by Government Offices, which are not held centrally.

Cabinet Office publishes information on non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) in its annual publication Public Bodies. The information includes details of the number of staff employed by each NDPB at 31 March each year. Public Bodies 2002 was published in January 2003. Copies of Public Bodies published each year since 1997 are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

Staffing costs of NDPBs for which my Department is responsible are listed in the following table:

UK domiciled higher education students recorded as having a disability, from 1999/2000 to 2001/02

Academic year





With a disability73,16879,58389,291
Without a disability1,431,3031,510,6671,575,847
Total known1,504,4711,590,2501,665,138


With a disability555
Without a disability959595
Total known100100100

1 Includes postgraduates and undergraduates


Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)