§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in what circumstances he intends that the rule in paragraph 5(3) of schedule 3 to the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 1983 should be applied; and what guidance he has given to local education authorities on this point.
§ Mr. Brooke
Paragraph 5(3) of schedule 3 may be applied wherever an authority is satisfied that a student's parents have, or will have, suffered a 15 per cent. or more reduction in their income between the previous and current financial years. The Department's notes for guidance give general advice to local education authorities on this paragraph, but it is for individual local authorities to consider its application to individual cases on the basis of their particular facts.