§ 30. Mr. Kenneth Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she is satisfied that universities will be able to build an adequate number of extra residential places over the next five years to house their increased number of students; and when she proposes next to review the rate of subsidy payable to Government-assisted loan-financed student residence schemes.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
In allocating £27 million for the 1973–74 university building programme my right hon. Friend took special note of the need for student residence and expressed the hope that it would be possible, within the programme, to make provision for some 13,000 to 14,000 residential places. The maximum subsidy offered by the University Grants Committee is going up from £250 to £300 a place. Further developments will depend on the advice which the committee gives on the universities' requirements.