§ Mr. Pendry
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make it his policy to amend present benefit regulations to enable 19-year-olds in full-time relevant education to claim income support.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The Government's position is that young people remaining at school after their 19th birthday to complete their studies, and their families, should turn for any necessary additional financial assistance to the sources of funding available through educational agencies. We are aware of the problems affecting a small number of people in these circumstances.