HC Deb 25 June 1976 vol 913 cc688-9W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much was paid out in maintenance grants and scholarships for students in the higher education sector for the latest available year; and to how many students grants were paid.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

In th academic year 1974–75, expenditure on maintenance for students in the higher and further education sectors receiving grants from the Department of Education and Science, Scottish Education Department, research councils and local education authorities is provisionally estimated at £186 million, excluding fees: 479,000 students received grants—including those covering fees only—of whom 21,000 received the minimum cash grant of £50.