§ Sir John Hannam
To ask the Secretary of State for education what has been the financial allocation through the disabled student's allowance by the local education authorities in England and Wales to students with disabilities in higher education in each year since 1990–91 to(a) students studying in Scotland and (b) students studying in England and Wales; and how many individual students this represents.
§ Mr. Boswell
Returns from LEAs in England and Wales show that the gross value of disabled students' allowances made by them as part of mandatory awards was £869,000 in the 1990–91 academic year and £1,960,000 in 1991–92, the latest year for which figures are available. These two figures are not directly comparable because the data collected for 1990–91 were incomplete. Disabled students' allowances form part of the student's total maintenance requirement. The net grant payable may be lower once his resources have been taken into account. Mandatory awards are made to students who are domiciled in England and Wales in respect of their attendance on courses in the United Kingdom. Information on the number of students in receipt of disabled students' allowances and their places of study is not collected centrally.