§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to the answer to he hon. Member for Uxbridge on 2 November concerning mandatory student awards, what, in respect of the ordinary residence requirement for mandatory student awards, constitutes temporary employment abroad in respect of a parent during the relevant period; and whether the definition temporarily employed abroad includes a self-employed person being the parent of such a student.
§ Mr. Brooke
The Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations do not define "temporary employment abroad". Whether a parent's employment abroad should be regarded as permanent or temporary is a matter for the relevant local education authority to decide in the light of the facts of the particular case: in some cases it will be self-evident and in others a matter of judgment. The provisions of the regulations apply equally to employees and the self-employed.