§ Mr. Andrew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many students in each Scottish local authority area received(a) mandatory awards and (b) discretionary awards in the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Lang
The information is not available in the form requested.
Awards under the students' allowances scheme—broadly equivalent to mandatory awards—are administered centrally and do not distinguish between individual local authority areas. The total number of such awards offered to Scottish domiciled students in session 1989–90 was 65,825.
Discretionary awards for students attending other full-time courses of further or higher education are the responsibility of individual education authorities under the Education Authority Bursaries (Scotland) Regulations 1988, as amended. Information on these awards is not held centrally.