§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, with regard to grants paid by medical and science research councils to Ph.D. students, if she will obtain and publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the amounts paid to single and married women students and to single and married men students, respectively, and the increases which are payable during each year of studies in each case.
§ Mrs. Thatcher:
The rates of grant tot postgraduate students are not related to the year of study. The following annual basis rates are payable for the academic years shown.51W
1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 £ £ £ Students living in college hall or lodgings … … … 630 650 675 Students living at home … … … 485 500 520
Dependants and other allowances are payable in appropriate cases at the same rates to both men and women students and a spouse's income is ignored in the assessment of the student's own basic grant.
The rates above apply to all students other than members of religious orders, except that for a married woman living in the marital home the rate is £425 a year, unless the husband is a full-time student or incapacitated and dependent on her.