HC Deb 22 March 1960 vol 620 cc27-8W
82. Mr. W. Clark

asked the Minister of Education what would be the cost to the national exchequer if university grants were awarded without reference to the income of the parents.

Sir D. Eccles

For the academic year 1958–59 the cost to public funds of abolishing the parental contribution for awards to university students would have been about £4½ million. Of this sum about £l¼ million would have been attributable to State scholarships and have fallen wholly on the Exchequer. The remaining £3¼ million would have fallen on the local authorities whose expenditure since 1959 has been aided by general grant.