§ Mr. Robert Atkins
Asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he proposes to amend the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations to increase the time limit on the exemption from the previous study restrictions of convention refugees and asylees who have had to interrupt their studies abroad.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
My right hon. Friend proposes to amend the awards regulations so that, with effect from 1 September 1982, convention refugees and asylees whose studies abroad were interrupted within the four years, instead of the present one year, immediately preceding their entering the United Kingdom will be exempt from the previous study restrictions on entitlement to a mandatory award. This is a modest, yet useful, improvement in the provisions made for convention refugees and asylees.