HC Deb 27 November 1984 vol 68 c430W
Mr. Coombs

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the budgets for the five research councils in the years 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83 and 1983–84; and what are the estimated budgets for the current financial year.

Mr. Brooke

The research council's grants-in-aid from the science budget are as follows:

places in higher education of (a) the abolition of the minimum grant and (b) the means-testing of academic fees.

Mr. Brooke

The projections of demand for higher education published in "Report on Education 100" (July 1984) take as their starting point the propensity to enter higher education experienced in 1981 (variant X) and in 1983 (variant Y). This was a product of the then current level of student grant and of other factors affecting demand. The report recognises that changes in the level of student grant and in other factors could affect demand, but it is not possible to project with any confidence the effect of any particular change in this complex of factors.