HC Deb 08 November 1988 vol 140 cc128-9W
58. Mr. Ian Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of under-graduates in England and Wales in 1987–88 were funded wholly or partially by industry-funded scholarships; and what plans he has to encourage a greater number of such scholarships.

Mr. Jackson

Information about the proportion of students in receipt of industrial scholarships is not available. Students in receipt of mandatory awards may receive sponsorship or scholarship income up to a specified limit without any corresponding reduction in their grant. In keeping with the Government's policy of encouraging links between industry and higher education, the amount of scholarship income which is disregarded in assessing entitlement to grant has been substantially increased in recent years.