HC Deb 23 January 1947 vol 432 cc81-2W
100. Professor Gruffydd

asked the Minister of Education if she has considered a letter sent from the University College, Aberystwyth, complaining of the delay in paying ex-Service grants; and whether there is now any prospect of this matter receiving her attention.

Miss Wilkinson

By 20th January, 219 students had been paid for the autumn term, of whom 144 were students who had begun their course that term. Of these, 84 have been paid since the Registrar wrote to the Ministry on 9th December. There are also 23 students to whom payments on account have been made pending the financial assessment of their grants.

104. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Education how many ex-Service students are now receiving the current education grants; and how many have not yet been paid.

Miss Wilkinson

Up to 9th January there were 23,800 awards current of which approximately 22,000 had been paid. The outstanding cases included a number in which the application was received after the autumn term 1946 had begun, and a few new awards current from the beginning of the present term. Payments are proceeding as rapidly as possible.