§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost to the Exchequer of student fees was in the years 1979, 1985, and 1991.
In financial year 1991–92 the cost to the Exchequer of fees for mandatory student award holders domiciled in England and Wales, and of fees paid on behalf of students from the European Community, was some £1,173,084,000. This figure excludes discretionary award holders and the holders of postgraduate awards, for whom the fee element cannot be separately identified. For financial years 1979–80 and 1985–86, only combined fee and maintenance figures are available.