HL Deb 01 February 1982 vol 426 cc1193-4WA
Baroness David

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When it was decided and announced that the budget for the assisted places scheme should be increased to £4 million (per Lord Elton H.L. Deb. 17th December 1981, col. 343) when Dr. Rhodes Boyson had said on 13th January 1981 (H.C. Deb., col. 1227) that the cash limit would be £3 million; and what were the reasons for the 33⅓ per cent. increase.

Lord Elton

The Supply Estimates presented to Parliament on 10th March 1981, and subsequently approved, included £4 million for the assisted places scheme in the financial year 1981–82 at the expected outturn prices. The original £3 million forecast for this period was at 1979 survey prices. The different figures are due entirely to these different price bases.