HC Deb 06 February 1979 vol 962 cc118-9W
42. Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what criteria she proposes to apply for the selection of areas where the educational maintenance allowance will be provided.

Mr. Oakes

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave earlier today to questions by my hon. Friends the Members from Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery) and The Wrekin(Mr. Fowler).

43. Mr. Ron Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she has yet made a decision on which areas will be included in the initial scheme for means-tested educational maintenance allowances.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

No. Local education authorities wishing to be considered for selection to participate in the pilot scheme were asked to inform my Department by 31 January. A number of replies are still outstanding, and the process of selection will take a little time once the list of volunteer authorities is complete.

49. Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when she expects to introduce the educational maintenance awards; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

The Government have announced their intention to introduce a pilot scheme of statutory awards for 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education in selected volunteer local education authority areas from September 1979, subject to the Education Bill

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83
University sector 292 301 308 310
Public sector 223 229 236 250
Total 515 530 544 560

Both the totals and the division between the two sectors are subject to review as further information becomes available.