§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give percentage figures for the total numbers of students at Scottish universities studying engineering, physical sciences and 276W other scientific subjects for the years 1978–79 up to 1984–85, giving separate figures for each year and estimates for forthcoming years based on the university Grants Committee's recommendations.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The University Grants Committee has set the universities student number targets in respect of arts, science and medicine for home and EC students to be attained by 1983–84 or 1984–85. For Scottish universities in 1979–80, 41 per cent. of students were studying science—including engineering. This proportion is expected to be 42 per cent. by 1983–84 or 1984–85. it is for each university to determine how many students will be admitted in the interim years in order to meet the target. I regret that a comparable figure for 1978–79 is not readily available.