§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the1002W number of students who will be studying foundation degrees in 2010; and how many he expects to study locally. 
§ Alan Johnson
The estimated number of full-time equivalent places on foundation degree courses in English universities from 2002–03 to 2005–06 are given below. Projections by whether the student is living at home while studying are not available.
Full-time equivalent student places on foundation degree courses (academic year) 2002/03 9,500 2003/04 12,000 2004/05 30,000 2005/06 50,000
These numbers include HND places being replaced by foundation degrees.
It should be noted that the total number of students in 2010 would depend on a number of factors, including demographic trends and rate of growth in participation towards the end of the decade. It is not possible therefore to make an estimate for 2010.