It was interesting to hear Charles Clarke assert that 50 years ago university education was restricted to the "upper classes" (Today , BBC Radio 4, April 14). My father, laying lino in army canteens in 1954, would have been intrigued to learn that. Many of my friends at Oxford at that time were on full grants. Perhaps Mr Clarke should remember the existence of state grammar schools and study the social history of the period carefully. This might prevent him making such loose and misleading assertions.
Brian W Caws 2 Caledon Avenue Felpham, West Sussex