HC Deb 22 November 1960 vol 630 c944
1. Mr. MacArthur

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when Scottish university awards will be increased to the level of those now obtaining in England and Wales by applying the system of standard figures of maintenance as recommended by the Anderson Committee.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. John Maclay)

The Government have not completed their consideration of a number of the Committee's recommendations, but a statement will be made as soon as possible.

Mr. MacArthur

Would my right hon. Friend agree that students and parents in Scotland would be justified in awaiting this future statement in a mood of optimistic expectancy?

Mr. Maclay

Far be it from me to forecast decisions not yet taken, but I have much sympathy with the point which my hon. Friend has in mind.

Dr. A. Thompson

Will the Minister bear in mind the need for more generous treatment for Scottish students who, for academic reasons, pursue their courses at universities outside Scotland?

Mr. Maclay

I am well aware of the point, but I think it necessary for it to be dealt with in the context of the Report as a whole.

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