§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any evidence that students who are not to receive a grant, having to repeat a year to resit an examination, will be deterred from (a)transferring from one course to another and (b)moving into technological courses.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
I have no evidence to suggest that the withholding of grant from students who have to repeat a year will affect enrolments to technological courses at a time when graduates from these courses are in increasing demand.
The Scottish Education Department has recently sought the views of educational bodies about grants for students who transfer from one course to another; and I shall be considering these views shortly.59W