HC Deb 23 October 1979 vol 972 c123W

16 to 18-year olds (Maintenance Grants)

12. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much will be saved by not introducing pilot schemes for mandatory grants to 16 to 18-year-olds who stay in full-time education.

Mr. Macfarlane

My right hon. and learned Friend told the House on 18 June that savings of £10 million would be made in 1979–80 by not proceeding with the proposed pilot schemes. That first year would have covered two academic terms only. The cost in subsequent years would have been proportionately higher, some £15 million.