§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils were presented for O-level and A-level Russian in each year since 1979 in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The information requested is not available centrally for school pupils. The table gives the numbers of all candidates entered for examinations, other than overseas examinations, in Russian set by the English examining hoards.
GCE O-level and A-level entries in Russian Summer examinations O-level Entries A-level Entries 1979 1,756 396 1980 1,768 372 1981 1,433 372 1982 1,429 377 1983 1,326 313 1984 1,279 307 1985 1,375 307
Source: Survey of Examining Boards in England.
Information on the numbers of candidates entered for examinations set by the Welsh Joint Education Committee is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.