§ Mr. Bradley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will state the number of discretionary awards made to further education students for each year since 1974 by the local education authorities of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.
§ Mr. Oakes
Comprehensive information on all discretionary awards is not collected by my Department, but the numbers of new discretionary awards made which were reported by the authorities as designed to cover the full cost of fees and maintenance—subject to any deductions made in respect of the students' income and that of their parents and spouses—were as follows:
Academic years … 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 Derbyshire … * 507 254 Leicestershire … 591 460 532 Northamptonshire … 351 234 97 Nottinghamshire … 469 459 453 * Not available.