HC Deb 03 March 1967 vol 742 cc160-2W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT all the grants to pupils, students, and adults which may be made by his Department or by local education authorities and for which a test of means is applied.

Mr. Crosland

Following is the information:

A. Grants administered under national scales established by my Department.

1. Awards to students taking first degree and comparable courses at Universities, Colleges of Education and Further Education Establishments.

NOTE.—Awards for post-graduates and for mature students are not subject to a parental contribution.

2. Tuition fees for residuary day pupils in upper schools at direct grant grammar schools.

NOTE.—Residuary pupils are those for whom the responsibility for paying the tuition fees falls on the parents or guardian. In other cases the fees are paid in full by local education authorities or the school governors.

3. School Dinners.

NOTE.—These are provided free to children whose parents or guardians are in receipt of Supplementary Benefit and otherwise to all or some of the children in a family according to the parents' or guardians' net income and the number of their children.

B. Grants administered under scales decided by individual local education authorities.

1. Awards to students for courses below degree standard.

NOTE.—Both the making of these grants and the income scales applied to them are at the discretion of local education authorities.

2. School fees.

NOTE.—Grants towards the cost of education at fee paying schools, including boarding schools, are payable when parents and authorities consider that education at such schools is desirable.

3. Educational Maintenance Allowances.

NOTE.—Local education authorities can make allowances to pupils and students over compulsory school age who are either at school or in full-time attendance at establishments of further education.

4. Miscellaneous: other grants which may be made by local education authorities at their discretion are:

  1. (1) Payment of reasonable travelling expenses, to facilitate attendance at school or at a course or class provided in pursuance of a scheme of further education;
  2. (2) provision of clothing to ensure that pupils at schools are sufficiently and suitably clad;
  3. (3) provision of board and lodging otherwise than at boarding schools or colleges to provide suitable education 162 where that is available only at a particular school;
  4. (4) payment of expenses necessary to enable children to take part in any school activities without hardship.