§ 117. Mrs. Castle
asked the Minister of Education if he is aware that the Somerset County Council has rejected a proposal by its education committee to increase the number of university awards from 40 to 56; that the number of major scholarships provided by Somerset is therefore proportionately lower than those awarded by any other county authority; and what steps he proposes to take to safeguard the interests of Somerset school children.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
I am aware that the Somerset County Council have rejected a proposal to increase the number of university awards to be offered by them and my Department is in communication with them about this decision. I do not know of any basis on which it would be possible to make the calculation implied in the second part of the Question.