§ 49. Mr. William Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many undergraduates leave university before completing their courses, giving figures for the total number of undergraduates in universities, the number leaving after the first year, the number leaving after the second year, and the number leaving after the third year, for the past three years, respectively.
§ Mr. Prentice
The latest available information is in Appendix Two (A) of the Robbins Report on High Education and relates to the 21,800 undergraduates in arts, science, and technology who entered universities in 1957. Of these, 6.9 per cent. left during the first year before completing their courses, 4.0 per cent. during the second year and 3.4 per cent. during the third and fourth years, making a total of 14.3 per cent.