HC Deb 10 July 1956 vol 556 c179
2. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that substantial differences exist between the grants to Scottish and English university students whose family and financial circumstances are otherwise identical; that these differences are to the disadvantage of the Scottish students; the justification for these differences to the disadvantage of Scottish students; and if he will now take steps to improve the grants to Scottish students so as to rectify this and give them equality of opportunity with English students.

Mr. J. Stuart

I am aware of the differences to which the hon. and learned Member refers, but I am satisfied that the awards made by Scottish education authorities are sufficient to fulfil their statutory purpose of enabling students to take advantage, without financial hardship to themselves or their parents, of any educational facilities available to them.

Mr. Hughes

Is it not unfair that these disparities should exist? Is it not a fact that representatives of both Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities asked the reason, and that each of them was given a different reason? Will not the Secretary of State take courage, and see that equality of treatment is meted out to the students in both countries?

Mr. Stuart

These disparities have existed between England and Scotland over the years. These rates are periodically reviewed and will be reviewed again.

Lady Tweedsmuir

What about the particular position of Scottish law students?

Mr. Stuart

I would ask my noble Friend to be good enough to put a separate Question to me on that subject.