HC Deb 15 March 1994 vol 239 cc625-6W
Sir Thomas Arnold

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the take-up of the disabled student allowance; how it is administered; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Boswell

Mandatory awards are made by local education authorities to eligible students attending full-time first degree or comparable courses and courses of initial teacher training in the United Kingdom. The disabled students' allowances are assessed by local education authorities as part of the total maintenance requirement of mandatory award holders who are obliged, by reason of their disability, to incur additional expenditure in respect of their attendance at their courses. The total assessed value of the disabled students allowances before means-testing was £1,960,000 in 1991–92, the latest year for which figures are available. Information on the numbers of students receiving the disabled students' allowances is not available.