HC Deb 28 June 1951 vol 489 cc1575-6
40. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Education what steps he is taking to improve the grants to students at training colleges.

Mr. Hardman

From next autumn the income scale used for calculating students' contributions towards the cost of training will be brought into line with that used for State scholarships. As a result of this change a majority of students, instead of as hitherto a minority, will in future contribute nothing to the cost of their term-time board, and most of those who do contribute will pay up to £20–£30 less than at present. Tuition is already free for all recognised students.

Dr. King

Is my hon. Friend aware that this answer will give satisfaction not only to students but to local education authorities throughout the country? Will he now turn his attention to filling the training colleges?