§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action he proposes to arrest the decline in the number of mathematics and physics graduates entering the schools.
§ Miss Bacon
The decline is in the proportion rather than the numbers entering the schools. There is a serious shortage, though my Department's current advertising effort is aimed at science and mathematics graduates. The Department has produced and distributed a booklet on science and mathematic teaching and is collaborating with university appointments boards and faculties of science in arranging meetings for students.