§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has any plans to give assistance with fees and expenses to part-time students with the same qualifications as, and following similar courses to, those of full-time students in receipt of mandatory grants; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Awards for students undertaking part-time courses which do not, in general, attract mandatory awards, are made at the discretion of local education authorities. In the present economic climate my right hon. Friend has no plans to make such awards mandatory.