HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 cc515-6
38. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the Minister of Education whether any difference is made in the value of university supplemental awards when the scholarship holder lives at home.

Mr. Tomlinson

The standard figure of maintenance for the holder of a university supplemental award, or of a State scholarship, is lower for a student who lives at home than for one who lives during term in college, hostel or lodgings. When the family income is small, an additional maintenance grant may be paid to enable the student to contribute towards the cost of his board.

Mrs. Manning

Is my right hon. Friend aware that as a result of the acute shortage of students' housing accommodation, especially in London. a large number of students have to live at home and travel long distances, and that they are not only deprived of the great advantages of close connection with the student body, but also have to pay far more money than they would otherwise have to? Will he give this matter his attention, in view of the changed circumstances?

Mr. Tomlinson

If cases can be sent to me, I will certainly look into them.