§ 22. Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will now introduce a weekly school maintenance grant for 16 to 18 year-olds; and if he will make a statement.
§ 46. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the Government will introduce a new scheme of financial support for sixth form pupils.
§ Mr. William Shelton
My right hon. Friend has no plans to introduce a common maintenance allowance for 16 to 18 year olds in education. Local education authorities have discretionary powers to pay maintenance allowances to relieve hardship.