HC Deb 02 July 1985 vol 82 cc132-3W
Mrs Beckett

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if it is the Government's intention that students should be barred from basic income support.

Mr. Newton

We have made clear in the Green Paper, "Reform of Social Security" (Cmnd. 9517), our belief that students should not be supported simultaneously by the grants system and by social security, and our preference is for a situation in which they are maintained through grants, their own vacation earnings and support from their families. How it might be possible to move towards such a situation will be considered further in the light of consultations on the Government's forthcoming consultative paper on student support.