§ 25. Mr. Newens
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the effects upon student grants of further cuts in local government expenditure; and if he is planning to take any action to safeguard the provision of grants at their present level.
§ Dr. Boyson
Mandatory student awards are available as of right to all qualified home students on courses of higher education. The Government's expenditure plans make full provision for the necessary expenditure. The Government's expenditure plans also provide for expenditure on awards made at the discretion of local authorities to increase in line with the projected overall increase in home student numbers in the further education sector.