HC Deb 07 July 1986 vol 101 c43W
Mr. Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will estimate the cost of implementing a flat rate grant payable to all 16 to 18-yearolds remaining in full-time education; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dunn

The cost would depend upon the numbers of students involved and the rate of grant payable as well as on counter-balancing savings in child benefit and discretionary payments already made by local education authorities.

The total number of students aged 16 to 18 in full-time education in schools and further education in January 1985 was 636,321. At a rate of, for example, £20 a week, the net cost would therefore be about £402 million. At a rate of £25 a week, the net cost would be about £569 million.

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