HC Deb 03 November 1980 vol 991 cc454-5W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration he has given to the replacement of student grants by a system of loans; what evidence he has collected about student loans and if he will publish this; and what representations he has received opposing a loans system.

Dr. Boyson

My right hon. and learned Friend is actively considering the subject of student loans and will be taking account of the experience of other countries in this field. He does not expect to complete his consideration of this complex issue until about the end of the year. The question of publicity and consultation will be considered at that time. My right hon. and learned Friend has received representations from the National Union of Students and from 10 individuals opposing the principle of loans since 1 May 1980.