§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what discussions he is having about establishing a range of schemes for promoting further places in science as opposed to arts faculties in further and higher education and about the levels of financing for universities and polytechnics.
§ Mr. Brooke
My right hon. Friend will be seeking advice from the University Grants Committee and other interested bodies about the distribution of the £43 million being made available for additional high quality engineering and technology places announced on 19 March 1985 at cols 482–84. The Government will continue to promote a significant shift in the balance of provision towards scientific, technological and vocational subjects across higher education as a whole. These matters will be further considered in the proposals for the future development of higher education which the Government intend to publish later this year. Future levels of financing for higher education will be considered in future public expenditure surveys in the usual way.