§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will consider introducing legislation to permit local authorities to make discretionary grants for students at the Open University.217W
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Local education authorities already have the power under Section 2 of the Education Act 1962 to make grants to students taking Open University courses. I drew their attention to this in a circular issued on 5th April 1971.