HC Deb 09 April 1973 vol 854 cc217-8W
Mr. Cordle

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much it would cost to award maintenance grants to newly qualified barristers undergoing their year's pupillage on the basis that they are students, since such pupillage is part of a barrister's education and that at least during the first six months he earns no money; and whether she will seek powers to introduce such a system in order to reduce the disadvantage of persons from poorer backgrounds who aspire to a career at the Bar.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Assuming that the number of pupils would not increase and that a maintenance and fees grant of £400 were awarded, about £120,000 per annum. My right hon. Friend does not have it in mind to seek the powers suggested for this practical training.