HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1419-20W
Mr. Harvey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he is aware of the anxiety amongst university students as to whether grants or scholarships which they are now receiving will be renewed when they are released from military service; whether he will issue a statement making the position clear; and whether it is proposed that grants will be available for other students at the close of the war under similar conditions to those under which existing grants have been made?

Mr. Lindsay

I am aware that there has been some anxiety about this matter, but I can assure the hon. Member that when university students in receipt of a grant or a scholarship from the Board have made inquiries the Board have made it clear that it is their intention to offer a renewal of awards to those whose approved courses of study have been interrupted by military service. It must be understood that the Board can give no undertaking on behalf of other bodies which award grants or scholarships. It is not possible, in the absence of any knowledge how long the war will continue, to make any statement about the conditions under which grants will be made after the war.

Mr. Harvey

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the uncertainty prevailing among university students as to the conditions under which, in certain cases, military service may be postponed or exemption granted; whether these conditions are the same for all universities; and whether he will issue a statement clarifying the position for the benefit of students now at different stages of their university course?

Mr. E. Brown

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy (Mr. Kennedy) to-day.