HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 cc251-2W
95. Mr. J. E. Haire

asked the Minister of Education if she will fix the educational qualifications required for receiving financial assistance towards university scholarships on the same basis throughout the country, instead of such qualifications varying according to the locality in which the applicant for such financial assistance resides.

Miss Wilkinson

I assume that my hon. Friend has in mind the major scholarships awarded by local education authorities. In 1945, authorities were advised to judge suitability for university scholarships on performance in the higher school certificate examination or another of equivalent standard, but not to exclude awards made on special grounds as, for example, distinction or high promise in some direction not normally tested by such an examination. In the revised schemes which have been submitted for my approval, these standards have been generally adopted.