asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of new students at the universities of the United Kingdom for the, last year for which figures are available; what proportion this bears to the population; and how these figures compare with those for Russia recently published by the Press department of the Soviet Embassy in London?
The estimated number of new full-time students entering universities and university colleges in Great Britain for the first time this autumn is 13,100, representing a proportion of 1 in 3,531 of the estimated population in June, 1939. These figures do not include students attending senior courses in technical colleges in receipt of grant from the Board of Education. I am not in a position to say how far these figures are comparable with those for the Soviet Union to which my hon. Friend refers.