§ Mr. Hannam
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of the disabled students listed in his answer to the hon. Member for Exeter of 16 November,Official Report, columns 382–83, received no disabled students' allowance because they were in receipt of minimum grant.
Information about the amount of grant actually received by students who qualify for the disabled students allowance is not collected centrally.
In 1987–88, the latest year for which figures are available, 25 per cent. of all mandatory award holders received no maintenance payments from their local education authorities because their parents', their spouses' or their own assessed contribution was sufficient to cover the entire grant entitlement. It is not known whether the same proportion applies to students qualifying for the disabled students allowance.
§ Mr. Hannam
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total expenditure in each of the last three years by his Department on the disabled students allowance.
This information is not available in the form requested.
In the academic years 1985–86 to 1987–88, the latest year for which figures are available, amounts assessed in respect of the disabled students allowance were as follows (cash prices):
£ 1985–86 106,036 1986–87 192,123 1987–88 157,586
The sums actually paid by LEAs will be less than this because parental, spouses' and students' own contribution to the grant will in some cases be sufficient to cover a proportion of the assessed disabled students allowance.