HC Deb 18 March 1965 vol 708 cc1446-7
2. Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the annual cost of treating post-graduate students as independent, so relieving their parents of the need to contribute to the cost of their courses.

The Secretary of State for Education and Science (Mr. Anthony Crosland)

About £400,000.

Mr. Jenkin

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, but does he agree that it is a considerable disincentive in cases where parents are having to make a contribution and discourages people from going on to take post-graduate courses? Will not he undertake to look at the matter and see whether there is some way of removing this disincentive?

Mr. Crosland

I am reluctant to look at this question by itself, because it raises the wider question of parental contributions to all student awards, and that point comes up in a later Question on the Order Paper. I am also reluctant to make any particular decision about post-graduate student awards until I have the report of the Standing Advisory Committee on Grants to Students which, as I told the House last week, will be presented to me before Easter.