HC Deb 12 June 1952 vol 502 cc36-7W
51 and 53. Mr. Chapman

asked the Minister of Education (1) whether she proposes to maintain the existing total number of public awards for university education in 1952–53;

(2) whether she will advise local education authorities whether, within the estimates already framed, they should now give priority to maintaining the present number of university awards; or, in view of the rising cost of living, should reduce the number and increase the value of such awards for 1952–53.

Miss Horsbrugh

I shall be announcing within the next few days rates of maintenance for university students for whom my Department is directly responsible which have been revised to take account of current costs. I shall, at the same time, be issuing a circular to local education authorities recommending them to use these rates so far as appropriate for university students to whom they make awards, setting out some considerations of general policy and asking for information as to the authorities' intentions. I cannot at this stage say what the result is likely to be in terms of the number of awards given by local education authorities for university education in 1952–53.