§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of university students are dependent on parental contributions to supplement their student grants; whether he is yet able to announce the result of his consideration of a scheme of loans to help students to bridge the gap between the grant and the cost of maintenance at university where their parents are unable or unwilling to supplement their grants; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
A parental contribution was assessed in respect of 67 per cent. of all university students in England and Wales in the academic year 1980–81. My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to make a statement on a possible loans scheme.