§ Mr. Tilney
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of home-based students in British universities pay their fees from personal resources; and what proportion are wholly and partially, respectively, subsidised from national or local sources, respectively.
§ Mr. Crosland
Over 95 per cent. of home-based university undergraduates in England and Wales receive awards from public funds and rather more than four-fifths of these awards are made by local education authorities. Awards to undergraduates are normally subject to parental contributions but in only relatively few cases is the value of the award reduced to such a level that it does not comprise the full fees as well as some allowance towards maintenance.
Approximately two-thirds of home-based university postgraduates receive awards from public funds and about 90 per cent. of these awards are made by Government Departments or the Research Councils and cover fees and an allowance for maintenance. Many other home-based postgraduates have their fees paid by their employers or by scholarships from university or charitable sources, but the precise number is not known.